Asthma & Allergy Physicians of Rhode Island is the area’s leading asthma and allergy practice, specializing in the treatment of allergy related problems. We treat individuals with asthma, allergies, chronic cough, hives, allergic reactions, bee-sting reactions, eczema, sinus problems, and much more. Our notable reputation is due in large part to Dr. Z, who has repeatedly been voted “Top Doc” by RI Monthly for allergies. He has also been recognized as a top doctor by Castle Connely and the US News & World Report.
Notes from the Desk of Dr. Z
Due to the incoming winter storm our offices will be closed Tuesday (1/27) and we will reopen at 1 pm on Wednesday (1/28).
Stay safe everyone!
Important note, when calling our office, please listen closely as our phone menu options have changed.
Join us in welcoming Joseph Zhou, M.D. to our practice! We are very excited to have him onboard.
Dr. Zhou received his medical degree from Xi’an Medical University in Xi’an, China. He is board certified in pediatrics, allergy and immunology and completed his fellowship in allergy and immunology at Boston Children’s Hospital /Harvard Medical School.
We are fortunate to have Dr. Zhou and know that he will be a great benefit to not only our team but to all our patients here at AAPRI.
Remember for your convenience we have office locations in Providence, Warwick, Lincoln, Johnston and Warren, Rhode Island. And we now have Dr. Zhou, our new pediatric specialist on board as well. Make an appointment with us today!
We will do our best to try and accommodate any appointments within 24 – 48 hours at one of our five office locations.
For all appointments, new and follow up, please bring your asthma inhalers and/or medications with you. If at all possible hold your inhaler dose prior to coming in for your visit so that we can better assess lung function and reversibility.
This will also help us check your inhaler use to ensure that you are using the device properly.
Do you currently take allergy drops or receive allergy shots? Consistency is the key. It is important to take your drops or get your shots regularly as scheduled, especially during the allergy season to see continued results.
The Days are Shorter and its Cold Outside, Winter is Here!
It is the opposite of what you think. Recent studies have shown that having asthma in itself may make you more prone to infections. However following your treatment plan, which includes inhaled steroids, can reduce your risk of infection. Keeping your allergies under control and taking your asthma medications regularly are especially important in the winter as this reduces sinus infections, bronchitis and pneumonia, all of which can aggravate your asthma.
If you think you have the flu, especially if you have asthma, let your doctor(s) know right away. Tamiflu may help but it needs to be given within 48 hours. And most important, even if it may not be as effective this year, get the flu shot!
Always remember to wash your hands. It’s the best way to prevent transmission of infection.
Have you signed up for the Patient Portal yet?
By securely logging in with your username and password, you can gain access to your health information from any computer or smart phone. View labs & X-rays, receive reminders, and you can even communicate directly with your doctor through your own personal e-mail address. Check out these easy to follow instructions to learn more about the many benefits of the Patient Portal. Contact us directly if you want to sign up, need your login information, or have any questions.