Allergy & Asthma Physicians
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Frequently Asked Questions

We try to anticipate some questions you might have about our allergy and asthma practice and provide the answers here. 

1.

What is an Allergist?

An allergist, or allergist-immunologist, is a doctor that is specially trained to manage and treat allergies, asthma and other immunologic conditions. The process of becoming an allergist requires completion of at least nine years of rigorous training. Following completion of medical school and graduating with a medical degree, a physician will then go through three years of residency training in either internal medicine (adults) or pediatrics (children) and pass a board certification exam to advance. Once the doctor has completed their residency and passed the exam, they must then complete at least two additional years of fellowship training in adult and pediatric allergy and immunology. At the completion of their fellowship training, the doctor must then take another board certification exam. Both of our doctors, Dr. Jacobson and Dr. Richmond are certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

Having completed this extensive study and training, both Dr. Jacobson and Dr. Richmond are experts in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of immune system problems such as allergies, asthma, and primary immune deficiencies.  Studies have shown that people who are seeing an allergist-immunologist can reduce how often patients need to miss work or school due to their disease. They also make fewer visits to the emergency room and are better able to manage their allergies and asthma daily to control their symptoms.


2.

What Should I Expect at my first visit?

Allergy evaluation takes one to two visits.  The first visit will include a complete history and physical examination.  At that time, we will determine if allergy testing is warranted.  If so, the doctor and you will decide whether prick testing will be done today or if you would prefer to schedule that for another time. The doctor may determine that further testing, called intradermal tests, are warranted.  Again, we will decide if you will continue or schedule another visit.  You can expect each series of testing to take 45-60 minutes, and you will know the results immediately. 

If you have a history suggestive of asthma or you have a chronic cough, a breathing test known as spirometry will also be performed.  These results will be interpreted on-site by our doctors and made immediately avalable to you.  A letter discussing the doctor’s findings and recommendations will be sent to your referring doctor.


3.

What Are the Office Hours for Visits and/or Allergy Shots?

The office is open Mondays 9-7, Tuesdays 9-7, Wednesdays 10 - 4, Thursdays 9-7 p.m and Fridays 8-2.  Patients receiving allergy shots may come in without an appointment.   For your own safety, shot patients are required to remain in our office for 30 minutes after each shotThe last injection is given one hour before the end of office hours.

There is plenty of available parking, including a covered garage.  There is also complimentary valet parking available.


We strive for good communication between you, the doctors and our staff.  We value your comments & feedback.  If you have any additional questions please feel free to call us at 630-455-0456.


Both of our Allergists are Board Certified in Pediatric and Adult Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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Office Hours

Monday: 9 am–7 pm
Tuesday: 9 am–7 pm
Wed:  10am–4 pm
Thursday: 9 am–7 pm
Friday: Closed