21 May Using Virtual Visits for Your Asthma Follow-Up or Allergy Problem
In Tuesday’s blog, Cat Pierotti, one of the PediaTrust’s nurse practitioners, discussed the link between asthma and allergies. Now that spring is finally here, many of our patients are suffering from seasonal allergies and others are seeing their asthma symptoms flare up. If your child is one of these, here are some things you can consider to get them evaluated by your PediaTrust clinician:
- Remember that our offices are as safe as possible: very few children in general have COVID-19, so in general, pediatric offices are some of the safest health care facilities around.
- Even given the above, we are continuing to take extra precautions: separating well and sick patients, using different entrances when possible, eliminating the use of the waiting room, obtaining temperatures on all staff and visitors to the office, thorough disinfection of exam rooms after each visit, universal masking of all visitors and staff, and other measures. Our offices are truly safe to visit.
- If you would prefer, you can have a virtual visit for your child’s asthma follow-up visit. Every child with chronic asthma should have a visit every 6 months in order to make sure he or she is stable, understands triggers and knows how to avoid them, recognizes the early signs and symptoms of wheezing, knows how to use his or her medications effectively, and is aware of when to call us before it becomes a serious problem. All of this education and reinforcement can be done via a virtual visit.
- If you would prefer, you can have a virtual visit for your child’s allergy issues. If you child is experiencing seasonal allergy symptoms, much of the exam can be accomplished via a virtual visit.
- If you do decide to utilize a virtual visit for either of those reasons, be sure to visit our virtual visit information page on our website for details. For asthma follow-up or allergy visits, be sure you have the following: all your child’s medications in the room where you will conduct the visit (including inhalers and spacer devices), the names of any asthma or allergy specialists your child has seen in the past year, the dates and locations of any emergency room or urgent care visits your child has had in the past year, a working flashlight (not the one on your phone) for help with the exam, and a completed Asthma Control Test if one was sent to you by our office.
So don’t skip that needed asthma follow-up visit or allergy visit: contact our office to make arrangements for an in-office or find out if a virtual visit is right for you.