The techniques and equipment used at the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic include the latest advancements in the field. Our group is dedicated to providing cutting edge, personal and compassionate care. In addition, our providers have been educated at many of the top allergy training programs in the country. The benefits of having such a wealth of experience, skill and scientific technology are realized daily by our patients.
Pollen & Mold Count
The Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic is a certified pollen and mold counting station for the National Allergy Bureau. The most trusted and accurate pollen & mold count for the Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.
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Thanks to everyone who came to our new Norman Satellite Clinic Open House.
Two Oklahoma Cities Rank in Top 12 Fall Allergy Capital List
Two Oklahoma cities were again named as 2016 Fall Allergy Capitals. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), Oklahoma City moved up to sixth from seventh place and Tulsa tied with Providence, RI, for 12th place on the just released 2016 Fall Allergy Capitals. Each year, AAFA ranks the most challenging places to live with fall allergies in the United States. Rankings are based on pollen levels, use of over the counter and prescription allergy medication and the number of Board Certified allergists in each city. The top five cities include #1 Jackson, Mississippi; #2 Memphis, Tennessee; #3 McAllen, Texas; #4 Louisville, Kentucky, and #5 Syracuse, New York.
Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 8.4 percent of U.S. children suffer from hay fever, and 10 percent have respiratory allergies. Nasal allergies affect more than 50 million Americans, and the resulting doctor visits, allergy medicines, and other factors contribute to more than $18 billion in health costs.
The allergists at the Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic recommend these tips from the AAFA to help prevent symptoms and to be prepared for this fall:
- Make an appointment with an allergist to become properly diagnosed, learn about your specific triggers and develop a customized allergy management plan.
- Avoid allergens – ragweed pollen is the most common trigger during the fall season. Check local pollen counts and plan outdoor activities accordingly. Pollen counts tend to be worse in the morning. OAAC posts the pollen and mold counts each day on their website and on social media. Local television stations and newspapers also post the daily count.
- Be proactive and start fighting symptoms before they occur. Take medication daily during fall allergy season especially before going outside, to help prevent and manage symptoms.
If seasonal symptoms are causing you to be miserable, an allergist can help. OAAC’s allergists evaluate and manage patients of all ages from the southwest region. The main clinic is on the Oklahoma Health Center campus. For patient convenience, satellite offices are located in Edmond, Midwest City, northwest Oklahoma City and a new practice building in Norman.
Visit the OAAC website at www.oklahomaallergy.com to view the addresses for all Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic locations. To make an initial appointment for an allergy, asthma, or immunology problem or to request more information, please call (405) 235-0040 or visit the website.
We're proud to announce that we've been named a Top Workplace by The Oklahoman! A big thank you goes out to all of our employees, who helped to make this happen! You can find more info on the @Top Workplace website: http://bit.ly/NTW13
CareCredit now available for OAAC Patients
Oklahoma Allergy & Asthma Clinic is proud to announce that we have now partnered with CareCredit.
What is CareCredit?
CareCredit is a healthcare credit card designed for your health, beauty, and wellness needs. It's a way to pay for the costs of many treatments and procedures and allows you to make convenient monthly payments. For complete details of healthcare financing terms, please review the CareCredit account agreement within the application.
Where can I use CareCredit?
CareCredit is now also accepted at select retail locations.*
How is CareCredit different from my other bank cards?
CareCredit extends special financing offers that you can't get when using your Visa or MasterCard to pay for health, beauty and wellness care at enrolled providers. With shorter term financing options of 6, 12, 18 or 24 months no interest is charged on purchases of $200 or more when you make the minimum monthly payments and pay the full amount due by the end of the promotional period. If you do not, interest is charged from the original purchase date**.
CareCredit also extends longer term healthcare financing for 24, 36, 48 or 60-month periods with a Reduced APR and Fixed Monthly Payments Required until paid in Full. Purchases of $2,500 or more qualify for the 60-month offer with a 16.9% APR (24, 36 and 48 financing terms are for purchases of $1,000 or more with a 14.9% APR**).
For complete details, see the CareCredit account agreement within your application.
Is CareCredit a medical insurance policy?
No. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card and it does not replace medical insurance policies that you might have. It is intended to help you pay for out-of-pocket expenses that are not covered by your health plan.
I'm not sure I want another credit card. Why do I want CareCredit?
CareCredit helps you pay for out-of-pocket healthcare expenses for you, your family, and even your pets! Once you are approved, you can use it again and again* to help you manage health, wellness and beauty costs not covered by insurance.
Plus, Special Financing** for 6, 12, 18 or 24 Months is available on qualifying purchases of $200 or more made with your CareCredit credit card account. For purchases of $1,000 or more special financing** for 24, 36 or 48 months is available, and for purchases of $2,500 or more special financing for 60 months is available.
For more information, visit www.carecredit.com
* Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required. Not all promotional financing options are available at all enrolled providers. Ask yours for details. Promotional financing options are not available at all retail locations that accept CareCredit and standard account terms will apply to such purchases.
** For new accounts: Purchase APR is 26.99%; Minimum Interest Charge is $2. Existing cardholders should see their credit card agreements for their applicable terms.
Proposed Government Regulation Could Seriously Reduce YOUR Access to Allergy Shots - Please go to the link and sign the petition.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), a professional membership organization of more than 6,800 allergist/immunologists, is spreading the word that newly proposed regulations from the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) could dramatically limit patient access to allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots).
Breaking ground at the soon to be new OAAC building in Norman at the Norman Healthplex by Norman Regional Hospital. We hope to have the new building open in October 2016. (Left to right) Dr. Greg Metz, Dr. Shahan Stutes, Dr Dean Atkinson, Dr. Richard Hatch, Dr. Patricia Overhulser and Dr. Warren Filley. Not pictured Dr. Laura Chong. Dr. Florina Neagu and Dr. Bret Haymore.
When are allergies serious enough to seek medical help?
Allergies are extremely common and affect millions of Americans. Symptoms range from a stuffy nose and occasional sneeze to severe allergic reactions. Allergies are also a common trigger for asthma attacks. Patients with asthma experience chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. Common substances that cause allergic symptoms include pollen (grass, tree and weeds), mold spores, dust mites, feathers and animal dander. If allergies are causing you discomfort or impairing your ability to work, play or enjoy life, come visit us to see how we can help.
Why doesn't everyone have allergies?
Allergies are caused by the immune system reacting to substances (or allergens) that would typically not trigger a reaction. Allergies result from environmental factors and genetic predisposition. If one parent is allergic, the risk of allergies in a child is 30 to 40 percent. If both parents are allergic, there is a 50 to 70 percent chance of a child developing allergies. The board certified allergist's goal is to help patients prevent symptoms by managing their allergies and asthma so they can lead healthy, normal lives. The strong emphasis placed on individualized patient care has been part of the clinic's philosophy of practice for over 75 years.