Your health is our priority. We strive to provide the best comprehensive primary care for all our patients. A doctor is available is for you whether in our office or through the Family Health Organization, in order to ensure that your health comes first.
To book an appointment, please complete the appointment request form and we will contact you within 48 to 72 hours with an appointment time. Please note that the form will confirm that we have received your request, but please wait for our response to confirm your appointment date and time.
LOCATION: SUDBURY FHO WALK-IN CLINIC
1485 Bancroft Drive, Sudbury, ON, P3B 1R6
Sometimes there are developments either in the diagnosis or drugs offered in allergy and companies have to test their products or medications. In this case, they have to apply through Canada’s Food and Drug Agency for approval to conduct studies.
Drs. Dhatt and Gauthier have been designated by the OMA as GP specialists in Allergy. They will do the interpretation at the end of your assessment.
The process usually takes almost an hour from beginning to end. We start with a history, do lung testing and skin prick testing and then let you sit for 20 minutes before the physician does the interpretation. Recommendations for intervention and any medications or interventions will be offered at this time by the physician.
Skin prick testing is not painful. It involves the nurse putting a small drop of allergen on the skin and pricking the skin to introduce it to your immune system. A positive response occurs when a small bleb occurs at the site of the skin prick. The physician will measure the extent of this reaction.
When you are contacted by our office, you will be given the date of allergy testing and directions on how to prepare for your test. Generally we would prefer that you not take antihistamines (reactine, Claritin, Benadryl etc) for a week prior to testing. You can take singulair and your puffers. If it is possible, please do not take ventolin on the day of your allergy test.
We cannot test patients if they are on beta blockers. These are medications that end in –olol such as metoprolol or bisoprolol. Typically these are used for management of high blood pressure. Please speak to your primary care provider if you are on one of these medications to see if you can discontinue or change your prescription to allow us to test you.
You will need a referral for allergy testing. You can arrange this through your family physician or nurse practitioner. If you do not have an attending physician, you have to see a physician (consultant, walk-in physician) to be referred.
Our office will contact you to set up a date for testing once the referral is received.
Allergy testing is indicated if your allergies are causing some functional disturbance (absence from school or work), frequent or severe symptoms or if you’re looking to identify a trigger that may be responsible for ongoing symptoms (ie cat).
If mild, allergies can be managed with the intermittent use of antihistamines.
If they are more severe, other therapies such as nasal steroids , leukotriene inhibitors, or desensitization therapies (allergy shots or sublingual allergy pills) may be indicated.
The most common environmental allergies are dust mites, cat dander, birch pollen, grasses and ragweed.
The most common food allergens are wheat, soya, egg, milk, fish, shellfish, peanut and tree nuts
Allergies can present in many ways. The most common presentation seen with environmental allergies are itchy eyes and a runny nose. However, depending on the severity of exposure and a patient’s sensitization, other symptoms such as difficulty breathing, hives , headaches and fatigue can be present.
Food allergies can also run the spectrum from an itchy mouth and tongue to abdominal pain, swelling of the lips and tongue, diarrhea, hives, shortness of breath and anaphylaxis.
Allergy shots work well for hay fever (also known as allergic rhinitis), eye allergies (also known asconjunctivitis), and in some people, allergy shots can significantly improve asthma symptoms.
Allergy shots help relieve allergy symptoms by changing the way your body reacts to the allergen that causes your allergy. When you receive the allergy shots, your body starts making antibodies that fight against the allergen. These antibodies help block the way your body reacts to the allergen, your Allergy symptoms become less severe. After many allergy shots you might start to feel relief from your allergy symptoms. This relief will last for a long time.
An allergy shot contains very small amounts of the substance that you are allergic to (also known as allergens). Common allergens include moulds, pollen, animal dander, house dust mites. For Example, if you are allergic to trees and cats, then small amounts of tree pollen and cat dander will be put into your shot.
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FHO stands for Family Health Organization. It is an initiative of the Ontario Medical Association and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
Your physician’s Family Health Organization (FHO) is a group of family physicians who are working together to give you and your family better access to quality primary services. The care that your physician delivers includes making referrals to specialists and being involved with or being informed about your care while in hospital.
You can use our online appointment request system to request an appointment. You will receive a confirmation that your email went through successfully and one of our staff members will call or email you with an appointment date and time.
Occasionally, our physicians are attending conferences, teaching and/or caring for patients at multiple sites.
If you are in dire need to see a medical professional and your family doctor is not available, you have options.