I cannot say enough about how much my family appreciates the Allergy Group. My daughter, Ruby, suffers from childhood asthma. It began when she was just turning 4 years old and progressively worsened. She even had to be rushed to the emergency room a couple times, and we delayed trips, as flying would have been dangerous with her oxygen levels being what they were at the time. I had so many inhalers tucked all over, in purses, cars, school, etc. ready to react immediately to a coughing fit that would escalate quickly.
Ruby reached a point where even a slight cough would transform her little face into fear as she ran to me holding her hands around her neck, with all of us instantly worried whether it would a quick recovery or a fit that would lead her to gasping and crying. Our entire family stayed on alert, and her asthma was always considered first before we engaged in physical activities or spent extended time outside. She would frequently get sick and take a long time to recover.
When Ruby was just barely six years old, we brought her to see Dr. Neetu Talreja. We had been working with Ruby's pediatrician until that point, yet her symptoms were escalating. The treatment we were using was a steroid inhaler but this only masked the symptoms. The more she coughed and the more she needed the inhaler, the more damage her body incurred. From the first appointment forward, Ruby fell in love with Dr. Talreja. Her warm, caring nature put her at ease immediately. Every time we meet, she spends the time to really listen, is so knowledgeable as she discusses all the options and recommendations for Ruby, then respectfully allows us to make our own decision.
After learning about allergy shots from Dr. Talreja, we decided to try it. They conducted an assessment of her specific allergies and created a formula treating just those allergies. Within months, the results were amazing. Ruby's reaction when she would start coughing, evolved from panic to surprise as it would stop quickly and easily. And it was happening with less and less frequency.
The team at The Allergy Group have always been considerate and very responsive. The appointments are on time and the crew is efficient in all they do. The patience they exhibit when a 6 year old comes in up to 3 times a week, sometimes taking her shot with a smile, and other times fighting tooth and nail, is commendable. They remain calm and supportive, reminding her of the benefits to come. Ruby, after a year of taking shots, was rewarded with a kitten. She loves animals but due to her allergy, she had never been able to be around them without compromising her immune system.
Without exaggeration, our family's lifestyle has been transformed. Ruby runs and plays outside to her heart's content, without the fear she once carried of running out of breath. When she catches a cold, it will simply work its course, instead of invariably turning into a doctor's visit for stronger medication to recover. And psychologically, she is no longer traumatized when she coughs. Ruby has become a more confident, healthy person, and doesn't have to limit her participation in activities. We used the inhaler only twice in 2016, and each time the cough quickly dissipated. Our biggest concern now is that we forget to bring her to the monthly appointments because she simply doesn't have any symptoms to remind us.
The treatment given to Ruby by The Allergy Group, between allergy shots and the prevention plan, has proven to be nothing shy of a miracle. She is no longer needing the preventative medication and is only on a monthly booster shot program at age 7. We are grateful beyond words and could not recommend Dr. Talreja and the team at The Allergy Group enough.