Srividya Sridhara, MD
Contact : 972-521-3366
Considering the public health emergency situation in DFW area due to COVID-19 outbreak and the importance of social distancing the following guidelines are being implemented for doctor visits and existing allergy shot and biologic patient visits.
These were developed based on the recommendations from American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), CDC and in accordance with the rules of Texas Medical Board. Please note that we have many patients with immune-deficiencies, chronic lung conditions, and elderly patients who are at high risk if exposed to COVID-19 virus.
1. For patients who may have been exposed to COVID19 coronavirus (air travel within the last 14 days or exposure to someone under investigation or diagnosed with coronavirus) and have fever over 100.4, body aches, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, cold like symptoms should call their PCP or go to the ER. Please call the ER before you go in, so they are prepared. There is no testing available for coronavirus in our clinic and please do not come in.
2. For patients who may have been exposed to coronavirus (air travel within the last 14 days or exposure to someone under investigation or diagnosed with coronavirus) and are not having any symptoms, please self-quarantine yourselves at home. This includes patients who are currently receiving allergy shots also. We will work with you on resuming shots on a safer dose at a safer time. Please seek immediate medical attention if you start becoming symptomatic.
3. Please call us if you would like to reschedule your appointment at 972 521 3366.
4. Avoid close contact and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet with other people even when they do not appear to be sick.
5. Patients on allergy shots who have not had any likely exposure to COVID19 virus in the past 2 weeks can come in at this time for shots. Patient on allergy shots, please refer to another document under resources tab- pertaining specifically to allergy shot treatment continuation.
6. We will be screening all patients coming in for routine appointments by phone prior to your appointment to make sure you are not in the at- risk group for COVID -19 at the time of your visit. We will do this screening once again upon check in. Based on your risk level, your appointment might be rescheduled to another convenient time. Where necessary appointments can be converted to tele-visits to minimize the risk of acquiring and spreading the infection. Please work with us for the safety of everyone.
7. Visits should be limited to the primary patient only and a caregiver if needed. Additional family members should remain at home or in the car to limit their exposure to illness in the clinic.
8. All patients arriving in the clinic are requested to wear masks. Patients are also encouraged to wear gloves or immediately clean their hands with hand cleanser and to do so again upon leaving the clinic.
9. We are offering allergy testing and few other elective procedures at this time.
10. We are wiping down exam rooms after each patient visit. We are not encouraging hand shaking. Our staff will be wearing masks and gloves at all times.
11. Please also note that we can be short staffed depending on the day care availability for the staff member’s children or depending on staff member’s health. Please work with us.
12. Please check with the Collin County Health Department (972-548-4707) for the latest updates on COVID-19 in DFW area at https://www.collincountytx.gov/healthcare_services/Pages/news.aspx .
Allergy Shot and Biologic Visits:
Note that our shot hours may be reduced or canceled based on the evolving situation.
Please check this site for latest hours before coming in.
Please be reassured as always, we will work with you in continuing your allergy shot or biologic treatment in a safe and effective way.
Please note that you are required to wear a mask when you come into the office to get your allergy shots/ biologic injections.
We also encourage you to wear gloves if you have or carry hand sanitizer so you can clean the hands right after you touch door knobs etc.
Please call ahead – ideally 15 minutes before your arrival for an allergy injection. That will allow us to check you in and prepare your allergy injection.
If there are more than 4 people waiting, we will notify you of a possible wait time.
For those where there is a possible wait – please call from your car when you arrive, and we will tell you if it is a good time to come in.
At this time, we still encourage you to wait in your car after the shot for 30 minutes and return into the office for check out or any possible reaction. The pollen counts are high and there is higher risk for allergy shot reactions in spring.
Criteria to receive allergy shots-
1.Like always, it’s extremely important to receive your allergy shots only when you are feeling fully well
2. Not have had fever, body aches, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, cold like symptoms, colored drainage,
3. Your allergy symptoms and asthma are under control
4. You should have taken an oral antihistamine at least 2 hours before coming in for allergy shot.
5. Not been exposed to someone under investigation or diagnosed with Corona virus within the past 2 weeks.
Thank you for your cooperation, stay safe!
Allergy Asthma & Immunology Center