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An allergy is an abnormal sensitivity to a substance. For most people, this substance – or allergen – causes no symptoms. But for folks with allergies, the immune system creates an antibody which, in turn, creates symptoms.
Allergies have a strong genetic component. So, if people in your family have allergies, you’re more likely to suffer as well. However, family members can develop different allergies, and allergies can develop at any age.
Allergy symptoms can range from mildly irritating to having a profound impact on your quality of life. An allergist can determine the cause and help you manage your symptoms.
These include nasal congestion and snoring. Non-allergic rhinitis – a reactive or sensitive nose – is also a common nasal condition.
These result from the immune system attacking harmless food proteins. The most common food allergies are peanut, tree nut, milk, egg, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.
We all experience stings, but some people can have a severe systemic reaction. This can result in hives, swelling, tightness in the chest, and difficulty breathing.
These common conditions occur when an allergen triggers a skin reaction. Skin allergies can cause eczema, hives, swelling, and rashes.
Adverse reactions to medication are common, but some folks have true drug allergies. Symptoms include rashes, itching, and respiratory problems.
At KCAA, we treat a wide variety of allergies. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 913-491-5501.
ReadiClinic® is a same day service. Visit guidelines are:
· For established KCAA patients only.
· Do not come to ReadiClinic® if you have a fever or COVID-19.
· If you have recently had a fever, you must call first to review your situation with a nurse.
MON - FRI
8:30 am - 11:30 am
We continue to closely monitor the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and are following the recommendations of The Center for Disease Control and state health departments.
We offer same day appointment service for urgent medical needs and for allergy injections for our established patients. The two services are:
• ReadiClinic® is a same day appointment service for established patients experiencing urgent health needs. Hours are 8:30 – 11:30, M-F, in the Overland Park office only. ReadiClinic® is for patients experiencing urgent symptoms who don’t have an appointment. We encourage you to call ahead to secure a specific appointment time as we often can fit you in that same day.
• Allergy Injection Clinic is for patients to receive their weekly allergy shots. Check our website for hours since they vary by location.
Please note that temporarily, we are imposing the following restrictions on both same day clinics.
• You cannot visit if you have a fever.
• You cannot visit if you have COVID-19.
• If you have had a fever, you must call to review your situation with a nurse before using either clinic.
We want to remind you that it is important that you keep your underlying medical conditions under control. Poorly controlled allergies increase the risk of contracting any respiratory virus, as these are contracted when people rub their nose or eyes and spread to others by sneezing. Poorly controlled asthma is a major risk factor for poor outcome. Spirometry combined with medical history and exams are the best way to ensure your asthma is optimally managed and to make sure that you have a plan of action for when you get any viral illness.
Please be reassured that the health and well-being of our patients and staff continue to be KCAA’s top priority. We have taken many steps to keep our office as safe as possible. These include:
• Screening patients for fever. Anyone with a fever within the past 48 hours is not permitted in our office. This is for the safety of other patients.
• Limiting visitors. Please make every attempt to only bring the patient unless no other option exists.
• Removing all magazines and reading material from our waiting rooms and exam rooms.
• Having allergy shot patients wait in their cars so our waiting room volume is kept minimal.
• Sanitizing our waiting room every 30 minutes.
• Having our staff wear personal protective equipment for the safety of patients and staff.
• We ask that patients bring their own mask that covers both nose and mouth to wear during the entire KCAA visit.
We want to encourage you to continue to come in for your allergy injections, especially with spring pollen in the air. Our providers are looking at our schedules in advance and cancelling appointments where the risk to the patient exceeds the benefit. If you are uncertain, please speak with one of our nurses.
We at KCAA remain committed to the health, safety and well-being of our patients!