We closed our offices to patients initially in mid-March while NY was on pause for all but essential services and were seeing patients exclusively with telemedicine, which we continue to do.
We are now open and seeing patients with a hybrid system of telemedicine with testing and shots for those who need it. From all we have learned about the risks of getting the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), minimizing face to face time with other people you do not live with is the key and that is how we devised our strategy. Other medical offices may use different systems and there is no clear right answer, but we designed ours to minimize time in the office and maximize the safety of our patients and our staff.
Allergy shot and biologic injection patients will be given a specific appointment time. If the patient is a child or needs assistance, only one adult may accompany them and must also wear a mask. All will be checked for fever and turned away if temperature is elevated. The nurse or doctor administering the shot will be wearing a gown, gloves, and mask and changing gloves with every patient. The injection will be given and we will then ask you to exit promptly and return to your car to wait for 30 minutes. You may drive off if all is well. Any reaction involving cough, chest tightness, hives, flushing, abdominal pain or lightheadedness must return to the office for evaluation and treatment. IF you prefer, you may wait in an exam room. The waiting room will not be used. Follow up appointments and payment will be handled by phone and online. We request you use a credit card for payments.
IF you need allergy tests, you MUST do a telemedicine visit first. IF the doctor determines you need allergy testing, you will come to the office for the test at a specific time. You will be brought back to an exam room upon arrival. The technician or nurse will apply the test and leave the room. The doctor will return to read the test. IF there needs to be an extensive discussion about the results, it will be done by phone. Rooms are cleaned thoroughly after each use.
Spirometry and lung function tests. We have decided that these cannot safely be performed at this time. Any patient that potentially has coronavirus that blows into the machine can theoretically contaminate the equipment. We recommend that you obtain a home peak expiratory flow meter to help measure lung capacity (examples are Omron, Mini-Wright, Assess, Mir SmartOne). A pulse oximeter can be useful as well.
Food challenges– Cannot be done safely at this time in our opinion because of the length of time involved in the office and risk of adverse reaction.
Food oral immunotherapy/desensitization– will be available again on a case by case basis. Please note that this is NOT covered by insurance. Please contact us if you are interested in this program.
Your safety is our main concern. If you have questions or suggestions, please ask.
Wishing you and your families well
– Drs. Ahmad, Kreiner, Strauss and the Staff of Strauss Allergy and Asthma Division of Allied Physicians Group
Allergists and immunologists are trained to treat, diagnose, and manage asthma and allergies, whether they are related to or caused by foods, environmental factors (such as pollen, dust, mites, or pets), drugs, or topical substances. Conditions that an allergist commonly treats include the following:
Symptoms of asthma may include frequent coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
We can also help determine the cause and assign the appropriate treatment for common allergic symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, itchy eyes, and hives.
A pediatric pulmonologist diagnoses and treats children, up to age 26, who have lung and respiratory issues, including asthma, allergies and more involved conditions affecting the lungs.
A sleep specialist can treat patients of all ages who are experiencing sleep issues, due to apnea, poor sleep hygiene/habits, or related issues.
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