Allergies can happen to anyone, sometimes they can be seasonal and relatively mild, other times they can be chronic, and you may not know the cause. If your allergy is affecting your quality of life, you should schedule an appointment to see an allergist. Dr. Alan E. Sheen is an allergy doctor in Metairie. He can help you find the cause of your allergy and provide an effective treatment.
When You Should See an Allergy Doctor
Metairie residents should see an allergist if:
- Your allergies are causing difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, or sinus infections.
- You experience seasonal allergy symptoms for several months each year.
- You have tried over-the-counter allergy medications unsuccessfully.
- Your allergies are impacting your daily activities.
- Your allergies are impacting your quality of life.
What to Expect at Your Allergy Appointment
Before your initial visit to Dr. Sheen, you should stop taking any allergy medications. At your initial consultation, you will have your blood pressure and respiratory rate checked. You will also discuss your medical history, your symptoms, and any medications you have been taking. Dr. Sheen will then decide if any form of allergy testing is necessary. This may include:
- Blood tests
- Skin testing
- A breathing test
- A CT scan of your sinuses
- A chest X-ray
Once Dr. Sheen has the results of your tests, he will be able to make a comprehensive diagnosis and prescribe a treatment for your allergy.
Controlling your allergy symptoms requires skill and planning. With his specialist training, Dr. Sheen can develop a treatment plan to suit your individual condition so that you can lead a healthy, symptom-free life.
If you would like to talk to Dr. Sheen about your allergies, you can reach him at his Metairie office at (504) 456-1999 and his Covington office at (985) 246-6077 to schedule an appointment.