Your First Visit:
The first time you come to our office will be a consultation visit. This consists of a patient history overview and physical, and an examination. Dr. Kratz will then share his findings and recommendations for necessary testing or further procedures.
Please Bring With You:
- A list of all prescriptions and over-the-counter medications you currently take
- All insurance cards and information
- A valid driver’s license or photo identification
- Please download and complete the New Patient Packet
NO TESTING WILL BE DONE DURING THE INITIAL VISIT
An emailed report of your visit will immediately be sent to your family physician so that she may share in your treatment.
Procedures Available at Kratz Allergy Asthma and Immunology
After an initial consultation, Dr. Kratz may find it necessary to order one of the following:
Pulmonary Function Test
Measures the function of the lungs, revealing problems in a patient’s breathing. The tests can determine the cause of shortness of breath and may help confirm lung diseases, such as asthma, bronchitis or emphysema.
Vital in identifying the substances that are causing your allergy symptoms our office utilizes Scratch skin testing, which may be followed by Intradermal skin testing. This testing is done for airborne allergens, foods, stinging insects, and some medications.
Non-invasive test for allergies to cosmetics and preservatives.
Are administered to shut down a patient’s response to things they are allergic to. Shots start on a weekly basis, with a low dose of the allergen, and eventually will become monthly, with higher doses of allergen that will alleviate symptoms.
Vitamin B12 is required for the proper function and development of the brain, nerves, blood cells, and many other parts of the body. Among other conditions, vitamin B-12 is used for the treatment of allergies, asthma, and some skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and vitiligo.
Using a flexible, lighted scope, a comprehensive examination of the nasal passages, Eustachian tubes, adenoids, tonsils, vocal cords and pharynx is possible without surgery, and with minimal discomfort.
This steroid free prescription injection, given to patients over 12 years of age and up, may alleviate the symptoms of moderate to severe asthma, by removing the particles that cause the allergic reaction.
Intravenous immunogammaglobulin (IVIG)
A monthly infusion that increases the immune system to fight off infections caused by immune deficient diseases.
A once yearly injection comprised of Biophosphonate (the same ingredient in Fosamax and Actonel) to treat Osteoporosis and Osteopenia. Reclast is unique because it bypasses the digestive system, goes through your blood and binds to your bones. It slows the breakdown of old bone, so new bone growth can catch up.
Bone Densitometry Studies
A bone density test can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends a bone density test of the hip and spine by a central DXA (see below) machine to diagnose osteoporosis. These studies are recommended for patients over 50 years old.