June 2020: Please check the POSTS below frequently for updated office hours and injection hours due to COVID-19
At Fairfield County Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, PC (FCAAIA), we believe educated patients are more in control of their asthma and/or allergies. Our goal is to help you get the best care possible. That's why we strive to share our knowledge and be accessible to you. We're here to help!
Our practice has been serving Fairfield County, CT for over 50 years. Our doctors are Diplomates of the American Board of allergy and Immunology. Adult and pediatric allergy, asthma and clinical immunology with offices in Norwalk, Greenwich, Stamford, and Ridgefield.
If you have an immediate emergency, please call 911 first.
Great news!!!!! As of October 1, 2020, our Ridgefield office will be open for your needs! The hours will once again be Thursdays, 2 pm -6 pm.
Please try to schedule your allergy shot appointments on line. Your best bet might be to go through the “Patient Center” on this web site. The link is towards the top of our home page. Unfortunately, the app for you phone is not dependable.
If you are over due for your injections, please call a day or so in advance to let our nurses know you will be coming back in. They will have time to make sure your the proper vials (right concentration) are prepared before you arrive so you will have a much shorter wait and improve your social distancing.
INFORMATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
We are asking patients to CALL their primary health care provider if they have symptoms or feel they meet the criteria for testing for the Coronavirus.
Patients should NOT report to their doctors office or the emergency room without calling ahead.
If, however, your health condition requires Emergency medical attention, the Emergency Dept. at the hospital is prepared to receive and treat you.
It is important that patients with mild illness and/or those with general questions do not report in person to health care facilities.
As this situation evolves, we will work to provide further guidance in this area.
Palforzia has been approved by the FDA for oral peanut desensitization in children 4-17 years old. It is not yet commercially available and at this point we do not know when it will be available. When it is available, dispensing will be done only in the allergist’s office. It will not be available in pharmacies and at this point we do not know if it will be available in other physicians’ offices.
The product is designed to decrease the risk if there is an accidental ingestion of peanut. It is not a “cure” for peanut allergy and during treatment patients still need to avoid peanuts.
When it is available, it requires a big time commitment from the patient and the family. The first day of treatment lasts most of the day in the doctor’s office. Patients then take a measured dose every day at home with certain recommendations made to increase safety. Patients return to the office every 2 weeks for increasing doses for a minimum of 11 more visits depending on how easily they are able to increase their every 2 week doses. Patients who have reactions to the treatment or miss doses will take longer to reach the top dose. Once patients reach the top dose, they remain on that dose indefinitely or the benefits of the treatment are lost.
Because it is so time-consuming, we here at FCAAIA are discussing how to safely implement Palforzia in our practice.
The treatment is not risk-free. Patients interested in Palforzia treatment will need to discuss the risks with their allergist.
More to come when we have more information to tell you!