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• We welcome all new patients

• We try to do our best to accommodate our new patients within 7-10 days.

• In cases of emergencies, appointments are made within 24 hours.

• Cancellations should be made with at least 24- hours notice.

Please, bring the following to your appointment.

• Insurance card

• Physician referral forms, if required by Insurance.

• List of your medications, if you take any.

• Recent relevant medical records.


Insurance and payment information

• We accept Medicare, Masshealth, major HMO and private Insurances.

• You are responsible for all charges not covered by your Insurance at the time of your appointment.

• Your Insurance Company may require a co-payment at the time of your appointment. We accept MasterCard, Visa, personal checks and cash.

• If you have questions regarding billing, please, contact our Billing Department at (508) - 309-3592.

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• Our office is in compliance with HIPA guidelines.

Hospital Affiliations

St. Elizabeth’s Medical center.
Boston University Medical Center.
Faulkner Hospital.




 

Frequently asked questions

Q.What languages are spoken.

A. Apart from English, Doctor Balson is able to communicate
in Russian, Spanish and basic German

Q. When should I see an allergist?

A. Allergists are highly trained physicians, who take care of
allergic diseases of the eyes, nose, lungs and skin as well as allergic reactions to foods, drugs and different chemical agents. They take care of the patients with asthma, hay fevers, eczema, dermatitis, hives and many other allergic problems.

Q. Why should I see an allergist if I have asthma?

A. Asthma is an allergic condition of the lower airways. In addition
to receiving expert treatment and evaluation of the severity of your
asthma, the allergist is able to identify allergies which might cause your
medical problems. Elimination of these factors may tremendously improve
your asthma. Allergy shots have been shown to improve asthma severity
in several studies.

Q. Why should I see an allergist if I have hay fever?

A. Hay fever is an allergic disease of eyes and nose which is always
caused by specific allergens in environment (pollen, dust, animal dander).
Identification of these allergens and their avoidance will always help the
patient. Conventional antihistamine medications and nasal sprays frequently
relieve the symptoms, but only allergy shots (immunotherapy) can
cure your allergies.

Q. What are allergy shots (immunotherapy)?

A. Allergy shots consist of a customized mixture of allergens that
are given by injections throughout the course of several years. Allergens
used include pollen, dust mite, molds, animal dander.

Q. How effective are allergy shots?

A. Studies showed that allergy shots are effective in more than
80% patients with hay fever. Allergy shots have been shown to
improve asthma severity in several studies, though their efficiency
was less noticeable than in patients with hay fever.

Q. Can allergy shots prevent asthma?

A. There are several studies showing that allergy injections can prevent
asthma in patients at risk for asthma and who have hay fever.

Q. Does immunotherapy have side effects?

A. Immunotherapy has been performed for almost 100 years and, in general, is
considered to be a safe and effective method of treatment. It does not have
long-lasting side effects and can be performed in children and even pregnant
women. However immediate reactions may rarely occur. Usually, they can be
successfully suppressed with proper medications in the doctor’s office.

Q. Does every patient need immunotherapy?

A. Patients who have short term and mild manifestations of hay fever
probably can be treated symptomatically with conventional antihistamine
medications and nasal sprays. However, in cases of severe and prolonged
allergy problems as well as in case of constant exposure to an offending
agent, immunotherapy is always recommended.

Q. Is there the link between allergies and sinus infection?

A. Allergies do not cause infections, but, by causing congestion and
obstruction of drainage from sinus cavities, they facilitate the development
of sinus infections. Identification of the offending allergens by allergy
testing and environmental control may be critical to the successful
treatment of chronic sinusitis.

Q. What is eczema?

A. Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is an allergic condition of the skin that
frequently is worsened by food and environment allergens. Taking steps to
identify and avoid these allergens, in combination with their appropriate
treatment, has been shown to greatly improve instances of eczema.

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