Steven Machtinger, MD


 

Office Hours

Immunotherapy Hours 

Monday: 9:00AM to Noon
2 PM - 4:30 PM

WILL RESUME AFTER COVID-19 EMERGENCY

Tuesday: 9:00 AM to Noon
2PM - 4:30 PM
 
Wednesday: 9:00 AM to Noon
2 PM - 4:30 PM
 
Thursday: 9:00 AM to Noon
2 PM - 4:30 PM
 

Friday:

9:00AM to 2 PM

 
 

COVID-19 UPDATE

 
 

We, the health care professionals at Steven Machtinger, MD & Associates are concerned about the serious COVID-19 (corona virus) outbreak in our community and around the world. In the face of the dangers to you, to your family and to the people with whom we live we are taking the following steps. Recognize that any step taken may need to change in the face of a rapidly evolving disease process around us as well as by decisions made by local, county, state and federal authorities. An excellent source of additional information about COVID-19 may be found at www.CDC.org. We suggest that you familiarize yourself with the danger, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and preventive measures discussed and recommended at this website.

HOURS: The office will remain open on a shortened schedule as  long as permitted by the health of our staff and as long as it remains safe to visit our office.

ALLERGY SHOTS HAVE RESUMED

All allergy injections are administered by appointment only. Immunotherapy patients should call 650-696-8230 to make an appointment.

We follow a stringent protocol to minimize the likelihood of you encountering any other patients during your immunotherapy visit. Following recommendations from the AAAAI and ACAAI, the professional societies for allergists in the USA, the amount of allergen in each injection may be decreased by 50% to minimize the risk of a systemic reaction. Absolutely no injections will be administered without an appointment. 

BIOLOGIC INJECTIONS: Patients receiving biologics (Xolair, Nucala, Fasenra, Dupixent) may receive injections in our office during the current emergency. Please call before you come as injections will be administered by appointment only. Those receiving Dupixent may be eligible to self-administer doses at home.

CURRENT APPOINTMENTS: As the “Shelter in Place” order for San Mateo and surrounding counties is gradually relaxed medical visits that are “essential” may occur in our office. All other visits can be handled via telemedicine. Essential visits include visits for allergy skin testing or when the allergist needs to listen to your chest.

NEW APPOINTMENTS: New visits may be scheduled following our protocol for safe social distancing. You will be screened for symptoms of acute respiratory infections - specifically fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: Because our office is not large and several patients may be present at the time of your visit, please limit persons accompanying you to one. If the patient is a child or adolescent, please have only one parent present. Do not bring additional children to the visit.

PRESCRIPTION REFILLS: For the duration of the “Shelter in Place” order we will refill most of your prescription requests without an office visit.

QUESTIONS: Please feel free to call us with any of your questions or concerns. You may also send us secure email messages through our Patient Portal. If you don’t know how to access the Portal, call the office for instructions.

The COVID-19 pandemic is real. Denying its existence only leads to the spread of infection and more deaths. Controlling this plague requires the cooperation of all of us regardless of age, gender, race or walk of life. Prevention is far better than treatment and begins with social distancing, frequent hand washing with warm water and soap for at least twenty seconds, use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, and (this is the tough one) minimizing contact of your hands with your face. You should wear a mask when around others - not to protect yourself but to protect others from your respiratory particles. Many people may carry and spread the virus while not having any symptoms at all. Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should call their health care provider promptly. Older folks and those with a chronic illness affecting breathing or the ability to fight infections should call even for minor symptoms of a cold or allergy.

UPCOMING OFFICE CLOSURES

 

CLOSED

MEMORIAL DAY

MONDAY, MAY 25, 2020

OPEN TUESDAY,  MAY 26,  2020 LAST ALLERGY INJECTION AT 6 PM
CLOSED INDEPENDENCE DAY FRIDAY & MONDAY, JULY 3 & 6, 2020
OPEN TUESDAY,  JULY 7,  2020 LAST ALLERGY INJECTION AT 6 PM
 

 

 

 

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