Intermountain Allergy & Asthma of Draper is open for patient appointments and allergy injections.
Business hours are the same as usual – Mondays & Wednesdays from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM and Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30 AM – 7:30 PM. We are closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
In order to care for and protect our patients and staff from unnecessary exposure to the COVID-19 virus (or other illnesses), we ask that everyone please observe the following precautions when coming to the office:
- If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath unrelated to your usual asthma or allergy symptoms, please call the office BEFORE you come for an appointment or allergy shot. We will provide you with any needed information and when deemed necessary by Dr. Harris, a request for a corona virus screening test. Additionally, if you have traveled to a high-risk area and have been back less than 14 days, please call to reschedule your appointment.
Please note: Corona virus test kits are not currently available to our office, so we are unable to test you here. You will need obtain a request from a physician and find an emergency room or drive through service for testing.
- In addition to our regular disinfecting schedule, we are cleaning frequently touched surfaces continually throughout the day and exam rooms are cleaned in between patients.
- Only scheduled patients will be allowed into the exam room apart from minor children or patients that require physical assistance. We ask that all other family members remain at home whenever possible to keep the number of people in the waiting room low.
- If you are coming in for your allergy injections, we ask that you do not bring your children with you unless there is no other alternative. This will help reduce the number of people in the waiting room during peak injection hours and minimize your children’s exposure to the corona virus or other illnesses. If your child is coming in for an allergy injection, we generally have an exam room available where you can wait to minimize exposure if you prefer.
We are closely following the statistics and guidelines and will make known any changes to our services via our Facebook page -Intermountain Allergy & Asthma of Draper- or website intermountainallergy.com. Please call the office with questions at (801) 553-1900. We hope by establishing these guidelines you will feel confident enough to come to our office for your regular treatment during this crazy corona outbreak!
Intermountain Allergy & Asthma
Intermountain Allergy & Asthma has a long standing reputation of excellence in serving our Wasatch Front communities for well over 30 years. Our conveniently located office in Draper provides a wide range of Allergy and Immunology services provided by American Board of Allergy and Immunology certified physicians specializing in allergy and asthma care.
Why It Is Important To Choose A Board-Certified Physician?
Extensive training is required to become a board-certified physician. To obtain board certification in Allergy and Immunology, a physician must graduate from an accredited medical school, complete a year-long internship, and then a three year residency in internal medicine or pediatrics. Upon completing a residency program, the physician must complete a two or three year fellowship in Allergy and Immunology training.
Our board certified physicians specialize in relief from the following:
- Seasonal Allergies
- Food Allergies
- Pet Allergies
- Medication Allergies
- Chronic & Episodic Asthma
- Exercise-Induced Asthma
- Eczema (Dermatitis)
- Eosinophilic esophagitis (EE)
- Insect Bites & Stings
What We Do
Approximately 20% of Americans suffer from allergies, making it the sixth most prevalent condition in the country. Allergy is one of the most pervasive and debilitating diseases affecting the workplace today. Allergies account for approximately 10% of all lost workdays in this country. The cost of lost workdays and impaired productivity is over $11 billion per year.
Allergies frequently trigger asthma. Asthma is a frequent cause for hospital admission for children and it is one of the leading childhood diseases causing significant lost time from school. On average, asthmatic children miss twice as many school days as other children. Asthma and allergies lead the list of causes for absence from work and the resulting loss of production.
Despite good medications available for asthma, and improved understanding of the disease, asthma-related symptoms and death are still a significant problem. Asthma-related healthcare costs remain high.
Past studies have shown that referral to a Board Certified Allergist for aggressive management of the disease results in:
- Fewer hospitalizations
- Shorter hospital stays
- Fewer return visits to the hospital
- Fewer emergency room visits
- Reduction in hospitalization cost
- Fewer sick care office visits
- Less time lost from work and school
What Is Immunotherapy
Immunotherapy, sometimes referred to as desensitization, is a series of injections to lessen your sensitivity to those things to which you are allergic. These injections are gradually increased in amount as well as strength until you become more tolerant of those inhaled substances which are causing the problems. Medications may still be needed to relieve symptoms during the desensitization process.
How Long Must I Be On Injections?
The treatment period varies from patient to patient and is normally 3-1/2 to 5 years and continues year-round. During most of this time the shots are given once a month.
Are Allergy Injections Safe?
Because you are receiving injections of substances to which you are allergic, it is possible for a systemic reaction to occur. Systemic reactions are uncommon, but serious and require immediate attention. These reactions most frequently occur within a few minutes after your injection. Therefore, you must wait in the clinic 30 minutes (or longer if you wish) following an allergy injection to allow for prompt and appropriate treatment of any reaction that might occur.
Are Reactions Common?
No. Most allergy injections are safe and free from reactions.
What Can I Do To Minimize Reactions?
- Take an antihistamine before getting your injection(s).
- Wait in the clinic 30 minutes following each allergy injection.
- Let the medical assistant know:
- how well you tolerated your last shot
- about any new drugs you are taking
- if you are having asthma symptoms
- if you are ill or have a fever
- if you are pregnant
- Avoid strenuous exercise for one hour before or two hours following your injection.
How Often Must I Get My Injections?
For the first few months injections are given once or twice a week and then less frequently as the immunotherapy progresses. Eventually injections are given monthly.
Should I Get An Injection If I’m Sick?
No. Injections will not be given if you are significantly ill, especially if you have a fever or have asthma symptoms. If the illness is related to your allergies, please call the doctor for advice. Be sure the allergist and medical assistant are told about any changes in your medical condition and any new medications you are taking.
Where Do I Get My Injections?
We have offices in Draper and Ogden. You can get your injections at the location most convenient for you. You do not need an appointment. If neither the Draper nor Ogden offices are convenient, you may be able to receive the injections in your primary care doctors’ office (this is done quite frequently).
What is food allergy?
A food allergy is any adverse reaction to an otherwise harmless food or food component that involves a portion of the body’s immune system. Although allergic reactions can occur virtually to any food, most reactions are caused by a limited number of foods: milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, peanuts, and tree nuts.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms involve the skin or gastrointestinal tract, beginning with swelling or itching of the lips, mouth and/or throat. When an offending food enters the stomach, nausea, vomiting, cramping and diarrhea may occur. Itching, eczema, hives, and redness of the skin may also occur. Some people may experience sneezing, a runny nose, shortness of breath, or asthma. Anaphylaxis is a rare but life-threatening condition. Symptoms of anaphylaxis include severe itching, hives, swelling of the throat, breathing problems, unconsciousness, and even death.
What is food intolerance?
Adverse reactions to foods that do not involve the immune system are known as “food intolerances.” One of the most common may be the result of the body’s inability to digest sugars in food such as milk sugar (lactose) intolerance. Other examples are food poisoning, metabolic reactions to food, reactions to drug-like chemicals in foods (e.g. caffeine) and adverse reactions due to chemicals added to food.
How can a food allergy be diagnosed?
If a food allergy is suspected, a board certified allergist should be able to help. Diagnosing a food allergy begins with a detailed medical history to identify the suspected food. The physician may suggest keeping a diary of foods eaten and symptoms that occur. Elimination diets are sometimes used to help diagnose and treat food allergies. Skin testing may also be useful. The physician might conduct a food challenge where the person eats portions of the suspected food under medical supervision.
Treatment of food allergy
Once the diagnosis of food allergy is confirmed, the allergist can discuss treatment options with you. For many people, the best option is still to simply avoid the offending food.
It’s official! The 2020 pollen season is here!
Each year, the certified pollen counters at Intermountain Allergy and Asthma of Draper collect, count, and report the pollen.
The first spring pollens generally show up in late February, or early March, but the timing varies from year-to-year. Starting in mid-February, we start “looking” for pollen, and then begin the reporting process once we see significant pollen amounts.
Early March 2020 Pollen Count Findings
On March 3 of this year we found very high numbers of Elm pollen, with low numbers of Cedar, Cottonwood, and Maple/Boxelder (it’s hard to tell Maple and Boxelder apart). Elm is almost always the first pollen seen in large amounts and typically starts with a bang – which is exactly what happened this year.
What Tree Pollen is the Worst for Allergies?
The most bothersome tree pollen for most people with early spring allergies is not Elm, but Cedar. In Utah, “Cedar” tree pollen is actually from one of the Juniper tree species. The Juniper trees have traditionally been referred to as “Cedar” trees, and the nickname stuck. Trees closely related to Junipers are found in all of the dry Intermountain area states. Large amounts of Cedar/Juniper tree pollen are typically seen in late March through April but may occasionally show up earlier for a day or two if we have had strong winds from the south.
When Do Grass Pollens and Grass Pollen Allergies Start?
As the tree pollen starts to dwindle in May each year, grass will begin pollinating, and the number of people with significant allergy symptoms goes way up. Grass in this area causes more allergy misery than any other type of pollen. Grass a very potent trigger for symptoms and it’s everywhere! There is literally nowhere you can go, south of the Arctic Circle, to escape grass pollen.
What Can I Do to Prepare for Utah’s Allergy Season?
As the weather warms, treatment shifts from colds and influenza-type symptoms, with accompanying flares of asthma, to treating nose allergies and eye allergies. Viruses and pollens can produce a somewhat similar sneezy-stuffy- yucky feeling, but with very different causes.
This is the time to make sure you have a supply of your allergy medications on hand. If you use nasal steroids for allergies, start them today! If you have had terrible allergy symptoms, even while on over-the-counter medications in past years, now is the time to make an appointment with Dr. Harris and make a plan to alleviate allergy symptoms.
Please call (801) 553-1900 for an appointment before the peak of the allergy season. New patient and check-up appointments are currently available within 24 – 48 hours, but it’s anticipated that waiting time will increase as the pollen count goes up!
New to Intermountain Allergy and Asthma?
If you suffer from allergies or asthma, now is a great time to consider starting professional treatment. Dr. Harris accepts new patients of all ages and accepts most insurance plans. If you have questions about insurance coverage, please contact us Intermountain Allergy and Asthma at (801) 553-1900 and we will be happy to assist you.
If you don’t have health insurance, we offer no interest monthly payment options. It is Dr. Harris’ goal to provide the best medical treatment while working with patients to keep costs and payments reasonable.
Thank you for allowing Dr. Harris and his staff at Intermountain Allergy and Asthma of Draper to be part of your health care team – we look forward to seeing you!
What is happening with Utah’s pollen season?
Utah’s pollen season started out normally with Elm pollen in early March, but with the colder than normal temperatures for much of the spring, several of Utah’s tree pollens have been lower than expected.
Usually, Juniper pollen (comes from Juniper trees – but commonly called ‘Cedar’) is the worst tree pollen we deal with in Utah. This year, it was much lower than usual, so overall, the early spring pollen season has been less than awful for many.
How will grass pollen be affected this year?
Utah’s grass pollen usually starts to show up in early May, and in a typical year would be high by now. However, the temperature can affect grass pollination significantly, and we have only seen a few days with high grass pollen this spring.
If the rain ever stops, and the temperatures rise into the low 80’s, we could see intense, dramatic grass pollination. The last cooler, wetter-than-usual, spring in Utah, was several years ago. That year, Utah’s grass pollination started in June and persisted well into the last half of July. We may see the same thing again.
What other Utah pollens should I watch for?
Late summer and fall in Utah is the time for weed pollination. This generally begins in late July or early August, and peaks about mid-September. The past few years, we have seen milder fall pollen levels, possibly due to higher than average temps and little rain. If the cool, wet weather persists into the late summer again, we could see dramatic (for Utah) pollens. In Utah, our fall pollen season is relatively mild compared to other parts of the country.
In the Intermountain areas, Sagebrush and Russian Thistle usually lead the pack in the fall. However, in the Midwest, Ragweed is king! We have significantly less ragweed here, than most places east of the Mississippi, and for that we are grateful!
How can I find out what Utah’s pollen count is?
At Intermountain Allergy and Asthma, we publish Utah pollen count information. Please follow the pollen count by checking our website: Intermountainallergy.com. We count the pollen four days a week, Monday through Thursday. Remember that the pollen count is always delayed 24 hours. It is collected for a 24-hour period, and then counted and reported the next morning.
If your allergies are milder than usual this year – good for you! If they get worse (there’s a good chance of that) remember that many allergy medicines work best if used daily. If you want to get ahead of the pollen allergies that are coming in the next few months or are absolutely miserable, make an appointment with Intermountain Allergy and Asthma and find out what can be done.
Duane J. Harris, MD
Intermountain Allergy & Asthma of Draper
New to Intermountain Allergy and Asthma?
If you suffer from allergies or asthma, now is a great time to consider starting professional treatment. Dr. Harris and Dr. Anderson accept new asthma patients of all ages and most insurance plans. If you have questions about insurance coverage, please contact us Intermountain Allergy and Asthma at (801) 553-1900 (Dr. Harris) or (801) 476-0052 (Dr. Anderson) and we will be happy to assist you.
If you don’t have health insurance, we offer a discount and monthly payment options. It is Dr. Harris’ and Anderson’s goal to provide the best medical treatment for their patients while working with patients to keep costs and payments reasonable.
Thank you for allowing us Intermountain Allergy and Asthma to be part of your health care team – we look forward to seeing you!