Frequently Asked Questions - West Michigan Allergy Specialists

Click to see a map to our office.Where are you located?
We are at 1179 East Paris between Cascade Road and Lake Drive. We are near Highway I-96 Exit 40A. We are directly across from Bill & Paul’s Sporthaus, in a two story office building that is a tan color with white trim.

What are your office hours?
  Morning Afternoon
Mon: 9 am - 12 Noon 1 - 5 pm
Tues: 8:30 am - 12 Noon 1 - 5 pm
Wed: 9 am - 1 pm 2 - 5 pm
Thurs: 9 am - 12 Noon 1 - 5 pm

What are your allergy injection hours?
  Morning Afternoon
Mon: 9 am - 11:30 am 1 - 4:30 pm
Tues: 8:30 am - 11:30 am 1 - 4:30 pm
Wed: 9 am - 12:30 pm 2 - 4:30 pm
Thurs: 9 am - 11:30 am 1 - 4:30 pm

What ages do you see?
We see patients of any age – children, adolescents, and adults.

What ages do you perform allergy testing?
It is possible to perform allergy skin testing at any age although we may consider other testing options for infants and pregnant patients.

Is the allergy testing like getting a shot?
Allergy skin testing can consist of two parts. The first part is prick testing where a plastic device is used to prick the skin surface and there is no needle. If prick testing is negative then for some aeroallergens we may proceed to a second part where an intradermal test is performed. Intradermal testing uses a needle to make a small bubble (wheal) at the skin surface and is not a deep injection.

Will I be able to return to school or work after allergy skin testing?
Allergy skin testing should only produce local skin reactions at the site of the test and are similar to a mosquito bite reaction. We are looking to see if you develop a small bump surrounded by redness at the site of the test. You should be able to return to school or work without difficulty. Often reactions fade quickly but may linger until the next day. If a reaction lingers for more than a day you can contact our office to discuss steps to clear the skin.  

How long is a first appointment?
Appointments may take anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on what type of testing is performed.

Do I need to stop any medications before my first visit?
Please see the Your First Appointment page for a detailed list of medications we would like you to stop before the visit.

What type of insurance do you accept?
Please see the Insurance page of the website for a complete list of insurances with which we participate.

What are allergy shots?
Allergy shots, also called allergy immunotherapy injections, are a way to try and desensitize an individual to a specific allergen. We perform allergy testing to discover which allergen an individual may be sensitive. We then deliver doses of the allergen starting at a small dose and gradually increasing the dose to try and induce the body to tolerate exposure to the allergen in the future.

What is the building schedule for allergy shots?
Initially when allergy shots are in the “building” phase, an injection is given once a week and the dose is gradually increased.  This “once a week” plan can mean every 3 to 10 days and does not have to be given the same day of the week every time.  If one week or even up to four weeks is missed the previous dose can be repeated and then can try to advance the dose again. This building schedule is usually once a week for 18 to 24 weeks.

What is the maintenance schedule for allergy shots?
When a top dose, or maintenance dose, of the allergy injections is achieved then the injection schedule becomes less frequent and patients may receive injections every 2 to 4 weeks. This maintenance schedule is usually pursued for 3 to 5 years.

Can you perform testing for asthma?
Making a diagnosis of asthma may be straightforward in some patients but may be difficult in others. After completing a history and physical examination we discuss testing options and what is best for your situation. There are different types of breathing tests available. Sometimes these will confirm a diagnosis on a first visit. Sometimes it takes many visits to determine if asthma is present or not. Every patient can be different and we try to individualize care for each person.  

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Contact Us
Questions or need to make an appointment? Call our office at
(616) 957-1912
Office Hours
  Morning Afternoon
Mon: 9 am - 12 Noon 1 - 5 pm
Tues: 8:30 am - 12 Noon 1 - 5 pm
Wed: 9 am - 1 pm 2 - 5 pm
Thurs: 9 am - 12 Noon 1 - 5 pm
Allergy Injection Hours
  Morning Afternoon
Mon: 9 am - 11:30 am 1 - 4:30 pm
Tues: 8:30 am - 11:30 am 1 - 4:30 pm
Wed: 9 am - 12:30 pm 2 - 4:30 pm
Thurs: 9 am - 11:30 am 1 - 4:30 pm
Insurance
We participate with many major insurance programs. Read more
Our Location

Find us on East Paris between Cascade Road and Lake Drive, near Highway I-96 at Exit 40A. (Read more)

While looking for an allergist we heard about Dr. Millar from a lady who had received help from Dr. Millar. I have been seeing him for 14 years and am very pleased with his management of my asthma. He is very good at working with my other doctors that I have for other medical reasons. He is kind and very easy to talk to and listens to any concerns I have. I would recommend him to anyone who has asthma or allergies.
 B.G.  (A patient of 14 years.)
Allergy & Asthma Care of Western Michigan
  Phone:
(616) 957-1912

Fax:

(616) 957-0074
Office Hours
  Morning Afternoon
Mon: 9 am - 12 Noon 1 - 5 pm
Tues: 8:30 am - 12 Noon 1 - 5 pm
Wed: 9 am - 1 pm 2 - 5 pm
Thurs: 9 am - 12 Noon 1 - 5 pm

Allergy Injection Hours
  Morning Afternoon
Mon: 9 am - 11:30 am 1 - 4:30 pm
Tues: 8:30 am - 11:30 am 1 - 4:30 pm
Wed: 9 am - 12:30 pm 2 - 4:30 pm
Thurs: 9 am - 11:30 am 1 - 4:30 pm

Address:
1179 E. Paris, SE
Suite 150
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

Click To View MapDriving Directions:
We are located on East Paris between Cascade Road and Lake Drive, near Highway I-96 at Exit 40A.


We treat Asthma and other Allergic Conditions including:
  Rhinitis (hayfever)
Sinusitis
Asthma
Chronic Cough
Urticaria (hives)
Angioedema (swelling)
Food Allergy
Drug Allergy
Bee Sting Allergy
Latex Allergy
   
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