IF YOU THINK YOU NEED TESTING for COVID 19, CONTACT YOUR PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN OR – CALL VA HEALTH DEPARTMENT 1-877-ASK-VDH3
Telemedicine: Virtual visits for New and established patients: patients can now have virtual visits with us. Call or email us to set up a virtual appt. If you have NOT been seen in the office this year (2020), please call us or email us at email@example.com so we can email forms for you to complete at home, you can email the forms completed with a copy of your insurance card (front and back as well as a copy of your driver’s license before we can set up a virtual appt. Most insurances (Carefirst, Aetna and Cigna-most plans) are now covering for virtual appointments for both new and established patient virtual visits but there may be some insurance plans may not cover and (some self-covered plans may opt out) for a virtual appt, so check with your insurance provider. If they do not cover a virtual appt then it is $75 for 15 minutes or less charge to your credit card for follow up appointments for established patients and $200 for New patient consultation of 30 minutes or less.
Virtual visits can be done with a laptop computer with a camera and a microphone or your cell phone. We will send you a link via your email and you can click on the link to enter a virtual waiting room where you will then connect virtually with Melissa or Dr. Bailey.
We hope to be able to resume in-office visits soon however due to the uncertainty of COVID 19, we expect this may be several weeks to a couple of months. So if you had an appointment scheduled with us in the next 1-2 months, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us (703)558-6040 about scheduling a virtual appt for this coming week. We have available appointments Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This may change week to week depending on the health and availability of Dr. Bailey and Melissa.
If you have asthma, please make sure your asthma is well controlled. In place of spirometry and FENO testing, we will conduct an ACT questionnaire to assess your asthma control.
For those with food allergies, environmental allergies, eczema, swelling or hives, we will provide a lab order to further evaluate and can review lab results via a follow up virtual visit.
Clinical questions can be addressed via a virtual visit. Those recommended to do at home food introduction can also schedule a virtual visit to review those instructions and protocol with our PA Melissa as you introduce at home.
If you had lab work recently and have not heard back from us, please call or email us so we can track down those results and review them with you via Telemedicine virtual visit with our physician’s assistant Melissa (PA-C) as a follow-up visit so we can provide you with some guidance and recommendations based on your results.
Palforzia: FDA approved first drug for treatment of peanut allergy in children.
January 31, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Palforzia [Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) Allergen Powder-dnfp] to mitigate allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, that may occur with accidental exposure to peanuts. Treatment with Palforzia may be initiated in individuals ages 4 through 17 years with a confirmed diagnosis of peanut allergy and may be continued in individuals 4 years of age and older. Those who take Palforzia must continue to avoid peanuts in their diets.
More information on this podcast from the AAAAI: https://www.aaaai.org/professional-education-and-training/podcasts
ALLERGY ALERTS: warmer weather is causing some tree pollen to release early-we have hit HIGH TREE pollen levels! Please follow your Allergy Action Plan.
CHANGES IN SHOT HOURS: suspended until further notice
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Welcome to Allergy Associates of Northern Virginia, PLLC, the office of Dr. Sally Joo Bailey. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates regarding the practice, hours and allergy updates.
Sally Joo Bailey, M.D. is a Diplomat of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology Specializing in Adult and Pediatric Allergy & Asthma
Dr. Sally Joo Bailey is the current President of the Greater Washington Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Society (over 70 allergist members from Virginia, Maryland and DC) as well as the Founder of Capital Allergy Associates (over 100 allergist members nationally)-goal is to help independent allergist practice maintain the ability to provide the best allergy & asthma care.
Please welcome Melissa Wils-Owens, PAC. Melissa is a physician’s assistant who received her training at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She has experience from previously working in dermatology and general surgery. Thanks to the addition of Melissa to our team we are again able to offer shot hours til 4:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays as well as offer follow up appts sooner. She enjoys working with both pediatric and adult patients. She enjoys traveling, gardening, hiking, and baking.
We are conveniently located at the Virginia Hospital Center Complex in Arlington, Virginia. where we offer comprehensive adult and pediatric allergy evaluation, education and treatment of allergies, asthma, cough, congestion, postnasal drip, food allergy, eczema, hives, eye allergy, and chronic sinusitis. Our goals are to provide you with the highest quality of effective treatment of your symptoms. In reaching our goals, your symptoms of allergy, asthma and other allergic conditions should be minimized, leading to improved quality of life.
WTOP 103.5 FM : Stress can make spring allergies worse: http://www.wtop.com/41/3594482/Stress-can-make-spring-allergies-worse
Washington Post: Good bye polar vortex, hello pollen vortex: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/tidal-wave-of-pent-up-pollen-could-be-headed-our-way/2014/04/02/39e22592-b9e7-11e3-a397-6debf9e66e65_story.html
Closing and Changes: Updates on office hours, news, tips and more can be found on the AllergyNVA News page. Recent items are also listed in the right hand column.
Regular Shot Hours: Shot hours are Monday from 1pm – 4pm, Tuesday from 9am – 11:30am & 1pm – 4:30pm, Thursday from 9am – 11:30am & 1pm – 4:30pm, and Friday from 7:30am – 9am . Click here for further details about shots.
Cluster Shot Hours: by appointment only at 9:00am and 1:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Patients can received 2-3 shot doses in one day. Must wait 1 hour bt each injection. There will be closer monitoring and more frequent vitals taken. Patients should take their antihistamines the day before, day of and day after.
Xolair, Nucala & Fasenra Administration: by appointment only, 9:00am -3:00pm during office hours. Please call the office 40 minute prior to arrival (703) 558-6040 and speak with a staff member (do not leave a voicemail) so that we may prepare your medication. Once mixed, the medication is only viable for a couple of hours.
Sick Policy: Please Note: patients who are ill, for example, has an upper respiratory illness (cold, RSV, croup, cough, or fever), please reschedule your appt. We have patients who are immune suppressed due to immune deficiencies and are more prone to serious complications even from the common cold. Please see your primary care physician or urgent care for acute illness.