Freedom Allergy Clinic is please to announce that we will be offering Telehealth visits for many new and established patients. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are trying to promote social distancing while still providing the high-quality care that all our patients deserve. We want to ensure that our patients with asthma and other chronic conditions have reduced risk of exposure to COVID-19. We know that many of our patients are staying home to stay healthy, so we are offering these visits so that our patients to remain healthy and avoid unnecessary urgent care or emergency department visits.
Telehealth visits will be offered for, but not limited to:
- New patients with allergy symptoms, asthma, chronic hives or food allergies.
- Oral immunotherapy follow-ups for established patients
- Reviewing lab results
- Increased allergy symptoms
- Asthma patients in need of medication changes
- Prescription refills
Patients that need allergy testing may choose to have that done at our office on a later date or at a local outpatient lab, if necessary.
Telehealth visits can be scheduled during our regular business hours. These visits are covered by most major insurances and visit copays apply.
Please call our office to schedule a Telehealth visit with one of our providers!
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How to Access Telemedicine Visits
April 6, 2020
We are pleased Telemedicine visits will allow us to assess your symptoms, prescribe medications, order any necessary lab testing and develop a treatment plan, all while keeping our patients and staff safe with social distancing practices.
This video chat visit is done through a secure video stream accessed through your patient portal. Due to our Marietta location being temporarily closed, we will be converting all of our patient visits in the Marietta practice to telehealth visits, as well as any patient who requests.
Use of Anti-inflammatory Medications
Posted March 17, 2020
There has been recent information given to the public recommending against the use of anti-inflammatory medications, such as Ibuprofen, for pain and fever relief during the COVID-19 outbreak. There is data that suggests that taking anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) can impair the immune system's response and aggravate an existing COVID-19 infection. This potential decrease in immune response also applies to oral steroids, such as prednisone. This was studied during the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which are forms of the coronavirus.
- During this time, we want to avoid starting patients on long courses of oral steroids if possible.
- Patients can still take short courses of oral steroids for asthma exacerbations if needed.
- Patients who are on oral steroids long-term should NOT stop taking their medication, as this could be very dangerous.
- Patients with asthma who use inhaled steroids NEED to continue taking their inhalers and should not discontinue the use of their use.
This post is meant for general public information and is not meant to replace individual advice given by your health care provider. Please contact our office if you have any questions regarding your medications and treatment plans.
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Revised Allergy Shot Procedure
Posted March 16, 2020
Freedom Allergy Clinic has temporarily adjusted our allergy shot procedure to accommodate social distancing to help prevent transmission of COVID-19, effective 3/16/20.
- Patient’s will sign in and receive their allergy shots in the shot room. Only one adult may accompany a minor child. Please leave siblings at home unless they are also getting care.
- The patient will wait during their 30-minute observation period in their personal vehicle. The car must remain in the parking lot for the entire observation period.
- If the patient experiences any symptoms of reaction, they are to come immediately inside and alert staff.
- Upon completion of 30-minute observation period, one of our medical staff will come to the patient’s vehicle to check their arms. Please call the office if it has been more than 30 minutes and one of the staff has not come to check the patient’s arms, as we may be caring for another patient.
- The patient may then call the office to schedule their next appointment.
If you are experiencing a cough, fever or shortness of breath, please do not come to the office for an allergy injection.
This adjustment will remain in place until health agencies lift the social distancing recommendations. Please keep checking our Facebook page for updates.
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General Health Recommendations to our Patients
March 16, 2020
Freedom Allergy Clinic wanted to provide our patients with some general health recommendations to promote health and prevent exacerbations of their conditions during this time of increasing COVID-19 infections.
Patients with asthma:
- Please make sure that you are taking your maintenance (steroid) inhaler as prescribed. We want to avoid exacerbations as much as possible.
- Ensure that your rescue inhaler is with you all the time and use it if necessary
- Do not take oral steroids (prednisone/prednisolone) unless advised by our office. Oral steroids can decrease the immune system’s response and ability to fight off COVID-19 infections if taken for long courses.
Patients with chronic hives:
- Take the high-dose antihistamine regimen prescribed by our office.
- Avoid high histamine foods, including tomatoes and citrus fruits. Follow a low histamine diet.
- Avoid taking anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen and Aleve. These can worsen hives, as well as impair your immune system from reacting to and aggravating a COVID-19 infection.
- Avoid activities that make your skin get hot, such as hot showers and exercise. These can exacerbate these hives.
Patients with allergic rhinitis or chronic rhinitis (congestion):
- Continue using intranasal steroids and saline lavages as prescribed by our office.
- Begin taking an antihistamine if symptoms are not well controlled – Allegra, Zyrtec, Claritin or Xyzal.
Patients with food allergies:
- Be careful to avoid any cross contamination of allergenic foods. We want to decrease the risk of allergic reaction/ anaphylaxis to avoid ER visits is possible.
Patients on OIT for food allergies:
- Patients who are currently on OIT can choose to stay at their current dose until the risk of COVID-19 infections has subsided.
- Patients who choose to continue their current doses can email our office at [email protected] to arrange to pick up more bottles. Our office hours are subject to change, so please plan accordingly.
- Patients who develop illness or who miss several doses may temporarily discontinue their OIT at this time and we can restart treatment with a modified plan once illness has resolved.
This information is meant for general education for Freedom Allergy patients and is not meant as a replacement for individualized medical advice. Please call our office or email us for personal advice on medications and treatment plan.
Please continue to check our Facebook page for more updates.
Our office remains open during normal hours at this time but that is subject to change and will be posted on our Facebook page.
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