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Pulmonary & Allergy Clinic Visits: What the Patient and Family Can Expect

1. What can I expect during my first visit to the Pulmonary and Allergy Clinic?
2. What can I expect during my second, follow-up visit?
3. How can I help keep my asthmatic child well?

1. What can I expect during my first visit to the Pulmonary and Allergy Clinic?

All first-time visitors to the Pulmonary and Allergy Clinic will receive the following:

  • Introduction to Clinic staff and routines
  • Complete check-up
  • Breathing tests if relevant to the child’s condition
  • New treatment plan which meets patient's and family's needs
  • Education and training for patient and family to carry out treatment plan
  • Regular and timely communication with the referring clinician concerning all aspects of the patient’s evaluation and treatment

Depending on your child’s symptoms, test results and/or diagnosis, you may also receive:

  • Asthma control tips
  • Immunologic evaluation
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • X-ray studies of chest, sinuses and airway
  • Sleep apnea test referral

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2. What can I expect during my second, follow-up visit?

Second Visit

  • Re-check
  • Review home peak flow
  • Breathing tests
  • Allergy tests
  • Skin tests
  • Blood tests
  • Antibiotic, food and sting allergy tests
  • Learn to control your asthma aggravators
  • Improve treatment plan
  • Regular and timely communication with the referring clinician concerning all aspects of the patient’s evaluation and treatment

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3. How can I help keep my asthmatic child well?

1. Have regular, preventative check-ups with your pediatrician, even when your child is well.

2. Keep a stock of medicine on hand and have medicine available (especially quick relief medicine) at every place your child spends time -- home, grandparents' house, day care, school, after school program. Never run out of medicine. Call your doctor's office for refills when you need them.

3. Allow your child as much independence in managing asthma as his/her maturity permits. That applies to taking medications, checking peak flows, selecting activities, avoiding triggers.

4. Continue to supervise your child in every aspect of asthma care -- make sure medicines are taken as scheduled and correctly.

5. Encourage your child to stay active, to play hard and take part in sports. Don't restrict your child needlessly. If asthma symptoms come with exercise, tell the doctor.

6. Be honest with the doctor -- ask questions, express your worries and complaints. Tell the doctor when the asthma treatment plan is not working, inconvenient or unacceptable to you.

7. Reduce allergens and irritants at home.

8. When asthma symptoms start, stay calm and follow your written treatment plan. If you don't have written directions for treating asthma at home, ask your doctor for a written treatment plan.

9. Know how to reach the doctor for advice when asthma symptoms don't clear up right away.

10. Try to keep your child from getting colds:

  • Get a flu shot every fall
  • Wash hands often in winter flu season
  • Try to stay away from other people with colds
  • When cold symptoms start, use your favorite home remedy and tell your doctor about it

For Patients

Call: 617.414.4841
Fax: 617.414.5741


Boston Medical Center
Department of Pediatrics
Pulmonary and Allergy Clinic
Shapiro Center
725 Albany Street, 8th Floor 
Boston, MA 02118


For Appointments or to Refer a Patient

Call: 800.682.2862
Fax: 617.414.5741


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