Blue Springs
205 NW R.D. Mize Rd.
Suite 304
Blue Springs, MO 64014
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Independence
11200 Winner Road
Independence, MO 64052
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Higginsville
1717 N. Main Street
Higginsville, MO  64037
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Appointments: (816) 655-0102
Phone:  (816) 228-4770
Fax:  (816) 228-1156
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Allergy and Asthma 

Allergy Treatment  Cockerell & McIntosh Pediatrics has designed a cost effective and comprehensive program to diagnose and treat patients with allergies. 

First, we identify the environmental agents that cause the patient to have reactions.  We then use a technique known as The Rinkel Method to determine the individual’s level of allergic response to a broad spectrum of inhalants - such as dust, mites, animals, molds and pollens.  Finally, we treat the patient’s allergies through allergy injections (desensitization).

Because our environment is very complex, there are many contributing factors that can cause allergic symptoms.  We will work with you so you can achieve optimal results in controlling your allergies.  We will work as a team to develop your individualized allergy plan of care to  meet your needs and reach your allergy goals.  Our team is here to guide you through the allergy path, helping you modify and change your plan as needed. Our staff will educate you on the individual allergies, provide methods to control the allergies in your environment, and show you how to administer the injections. 

Please call our office at (816) 228-4770 and ask to speak with an allergy/asthma nurse to schedule your child for any of these services.

Asthma Care  Asthma is a disease that causes the air passages in the lungs to become inflamed and swollen.  No one is sure what causes asthma, but you can learn how to keep it under control.

In the Media

In 2010, Cockerell & McIntosh Pediatrics was featured on the television series, Modern Healing.  During the episode, Dr. Cockerell explains the various symptoms and treatments of allergies and asthma, and briefly discusses our Allergy and Asthma Program.  View the video here.
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Our asthma team can help you take care of your asthma.  By taking the proper medications,  avoiding triggers that lead to asthma symptoms, and visiting your doctor regularly, you can live a healthy and productive life style.

We will provide you with the education and tools necessary to treat your asthma.  These include a customized asthma action plan, access to asthma related equipment, pulmonary function testing and education. Your health care team can inform you of the proper way to exercise while keeping control of your asthma.

Eczema  Atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema, is a disease that causes the skin to be very dry and itchy.  The exact cause of eczema is not known, but most doctors think it is a type of allergy.

Our allergy department has the resources to provide you with the tools that will put you in control of your itchy skin.  These tools include a demonstration of how to properly form a moisture barrier as well as a list of acceptable cleansers, moisturizers and detergents.

We will help you identify irritants and provide practical ways to avoid these contacts.  If other allergy symptoms are present, eczema will often improve with allergy testing and treatment.

Food Allergies  Food testing is used to determine if the patient has an allergic reaction to the foods tested.  These tests function as a screening test only, and are used as a starting point for food elimination. 

Listed below are the food tests now available.

  • Intradermal Testing/Serial Titration:  This determines the dose or strength needed to neutralize the food allergy.
  • Skin Prick Testing:  This food test will determine if the patient has had an allergy to 24 specific foods. 
  • RAST Testing:   This is a blood test that can determine if the patient has had any food allergy.  Many foods are available to test.  A blood sample is collected at our office and sent out of the office for testing. 

We offer sublingual drops, food elimination diets and food group education.  You will be given a notebook with testing results as well as appropriate literature for your specific needs

Sports & Asthma  Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) is a form of asthma that is triggered by physical activity.  Asthma causes inflammation and sensitivity to the small airways of the lungs.  When triggered by exercise or other environmental substances, the lung’s airways can spasm or constrict.

People with exercise-induced asthma typically experience asthma symptoms only when they exercise.  Exercise-induced asthma is more common when the weather is cold and dry, or the level of pollution or allergens in the air is high.  It is also more common in those with poor physical conditioning or respiratory infections.

Exercise-induced asthma is best managed when a patient and their doctor work together to identify, eliminate, and control triggers, choose the most effective preventive and maintenance medications, and have an asthma emergency plan. 

Regular exercise helps to maintain a healthy body and lungs.  Dr. Cockerell and the asthma team will help you maintain your exercise and activity level while being properly treated.

 

 
 
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