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Allergy & Asthma

At The Center for Advanced Pediatrics, we have a comprehensive program to evaluate, educate, and create the appropriate management program for the patient with asthma and/or environmental allergies.

A one-hour initial asthma evaluation will determine if there are underlying signs of allergies, atopic conditions such as eczema, Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and asthma.

Your child will have a thorough family history, environmental history, and past medical history performed during this first visit.

Allergy testing is scheduled if it is determined necessary, then an asthma and/or allergy action plan is created when indicated.

A pulmonary function test is performed if the child is older than 5 years old, and patients and parents are taught to use asthma medications and devices, and peak flow meters.

TCFAP does not handle food allergies.

Read more about the relationship between allergies and asthma by clicking here. To schedule your asthma or allergy appointment call 203-229-2000 Ext 2041.

Resources and Handouts for TCFAP Asthma & Allergy Patients

 

Allergy Testing

Initial appointment is one hour, with a 30-minute follow up.

IMPORTANT: Do not give your child Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, any antihistamines (including cough syrup with antihistamines) or eye drops for one week prior to testing. Saline nose spray is okay if your child is congested.

 

Asthma

Initial evaluation is one hour, follow up spirometry testing is 45 minutes. If spirometry testing is not being performed (if your child is under 5 years old), the follow up appointment is about 30 minutes.

IMPORTANT: Do not give your child Albuterol, any puffer, or any bronchodilator such Xopenex, Proair, Ventolin, Proventil within 4 hours of the test unless your child is sick, wheezing, or in respiratory distress on the day of your appointment. Do not administer Advair or Symbicort the night before the test. If your child is under 5 years old, please administer meds as necessary. Please bring all of your child’s medications to the appointment.

 

Treadmill Test with Spirometry Testing

Testing is 75 minutes

IMPORTANT: Do not give your child Albuterol, any puffer, or any bronchodilator such Xopenex, Proair, Ventolin, Proventil within 4 hours of the test. Do not administer Advair or Symbicort the night before the test. Please bring comfortable, loose clothing, athletic shoes and a water bottle for test.

 

 


Payment of Services:

The first visit is an office visit and billed through insurance and the co-pay is collected at time of visit.

All testing is usually covered by insurance and billed as a visit with testing. A co-pay is collected at the time of testing.  Please check with your individual insurance plan prior to your visit to determine coverage.