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How can I find an asthma and allergy doctor in my area in Bridgewater, NJ.  I do not want to be with an internal medicine doctor who has taken a course.  Thanks.  I cannot find the answer on here..

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  • Melanie Carver

    Hi Barbara,

    If you visit our Asthma Diagnosis page and scroll to the bottom,  there is a search for board certified allergists by zip code:

    An allergist can treat both asthma and allergies. 

    Hope this helps!

  • Melissa G

    Hi Barbara! Welcome to AAFA! 

    Were you able to find a doctor using the link that Melanie provided?

  • Barbara DICarlo

    WHen I put in my zip code, it did not work.  I tried two other zip codes it did not work, space went blank.  I updated my noifications to accept AAFA emails, and I already received your two emails, but it would not do anything to find a doctor.  Please check why it is not working, my computer is fine.  Thanks.

  • Melanie Carver

    Thank you for reporting this! I'll flag our developer to fix it. 

    The tool on our website comes from the physician organization, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

    Here is the link to the original source – this works:

    I'm not familiar with New Jersey locations, but if you are near Dr. Neeta Ogden, she volunteers on AAFA's Medical Scientific Council.  

    She's also the narrator on our ASTHMA Care course.  You can check it out here:

    Hope this helps,  Barbara!

  • Barbara DICarlo

    Melissa:Hi. It did not work on your end.  WHen I put in different zip codes it just went blank.  I did reply and posted that info.  More importantly, I live in a condo that I own for 20 yrs.  Two new tenants came in and one smokes cigarettes and one pot.  Action has been taken on various levels because it is against the by-laws and police have been called numerous times etc.  Can you direct me to where I can find an article about second hand and third hand smoke.  You have it for children under "Asthma Triggers".  It would be a great letter for me to give to Condo Board etc. but it is about children .  The same exact article (letter would be great for me) if it said adult.  Can you direct to the same saying adult.  It was frustrating for me to see it only for children and I searched everywhere and could not find the same for adults. Can you create the same exact information for adults or revise the information and include adults.  That what I need from AAFA to help me.  Any smoke comes through the walls and ceilings, period.  THis letter will help the Board to understand asthma, and how harmful smoke etc. is.  I just got my asthma back after being asthma free for 3 years because of this situation.  I need proof about the smoking and how it affects asthma, and I do need it as soon as possible.Thanks,Barbara DICarloOn Sat, Oct 20, 2018 at 09:26 AM, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wrote:

  • Barbara DICarlo

    Melanie: Thanks for the info.  I will try it.  More importantly, I sent Melissa a question regarding an article I need and cant find.  I tried to forward it to you with your email address and it did not go through.  How can I send it to you?  THis site does not seem to be user friendly. Thanks, BarbaraOn Sat, Oct 20, 2018 at 02:55 PM, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wrote:

  • Melissa G

    Hi Barbara! 

    Here is one link: , it does mention children some during the article but it pertains to everyone.

    Here are two things to get you started, I am still working on getting you more information. 

  • Barbara DICarlo

    Melissa:Thank you so much for  the article.  Do you have experience dealing with condo asss. regarding smoking coming through walls, celings and also I have a pot smoke coming into my condo. I just got asthma back after 3 yrs. of no meds etc.  DOes AAFA help people in this area directly?  I am just looking for ideas. short of attorney, you need to have facts to put in their face, especially that no one understands asthma becasue they cant see it.Thanks,BarbaraOn Sat, Oct 20, 2018 at 08:48 PM, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wrote:

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma

    Hi Barbara, I definitely understand what you're going through–about 20 years ago, I lived in a smoke-filled apartment in DC…the smoke was coming from the café below the apartment. We ended up turning off the air conditioning in the summer and the heat in the winter, b/c it would just blow the smoke into our apartment. 

    Here's some resources that I found which may help you:

    • American Lung Association:
      • One of the strategies is to adopt a building-wide Smoke free zone…it includes steps on how to do this.
    • American Lung Association:
    • Connecticut Department of Public Health:
    • Tobacco Control Legal Consortium:
    • Tobacco Control Legal Consortium:
    • Tobacco Control Legal Consortium:

    Keep us posted!  And, were you able to find an allergist in your area?

    Brenda

  • Brenda Silvia-Torma
    Brenda Silvia-Torma posted:

    Hi Barbara, I definitely understand what you're going through–about 20 years ago, I lived in a smoke-filled apartment in DC…the smoke was coming from the café below the apartment. We ended up turning off the air conditioning in the summer and the heat in the winter, b/c it would just blow the smoke into our apartment. 

    Here's some resources that I found which may help you:

    • American Lung Association:
      • One of the strategies is to adopt a building-wide Smoke free zone…it includes steps on how to do this.
    • American Lung Association:
    • Connecticut Department of Public Health:
    • Tobacco Control Legal Consortium:
    • Tobacco Control Legal Consortium:
    • Tobacco Control Legal Consortium:

    Keep us posted!  And, were you able to find an allergist in your area?

    Brenda

    I included the Connecticut Department of Public Health link because I thought that if there wasn't something like this in NJ, that perhaps this could be a model for what you might be able to do.  

    Good luck!

  • Melissa G

    Hi Barbara, no I have not dealt with a condo assoc and this issue. 

    Do you use an  Just wondering if this may help you at all. 

  • K8sMom2002

    Hi, Barbara … sounds like you have had a really frustrating time! 

    Asthma can be considered a disability. AAFA has a good resource called 

    The U.S. Department of Justice provides through a toll-free ADA Information Line. 

    Could you reach out to the ADA hotline and see what they might suggest?

    800 – 514 – 0301 (voice)800 – 514 – 0383 (TTY)

    If you're getting smoke through walls and ceilings, could you ask for a weatherization audit through your utility company? They can find where you have air leakage and help you figure out ways to stop that. 

    Here's the .

  • Barbara DICarlo

    Hi. Brenda:THanks so much. Yes I have gone to 2 good ones, ad one not so good.  INcluding my internest.  I need letters.  THey are so reluctant to write letters because of they think they are going to be sued or pulled to court.  2 will not write letters, my internest wrote a very casual letter.  She wont use the word asthma, she wouldnt say I havent had symtoms in 3 yrs and I just got it back because of the recent second hand smoke.  I had a physical 4.18.18 and didnt have any symptoms of asthma.  She did not put that in her letter.  It is very frustrating.  thanks.On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 12:00 PM, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wrote:

  • Barbara DICarlo

    Yes, I do.  I need a lot more than that.  The smoking has to stop, PERIOD.On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 01:03 PM, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America wrote:

  • K8sMom2002

    Barbara, here's another resource that MAY help you talk with your homeowner's association.

    AAFA has a blog called: .

    While you don't live in public housing, could you request similar accommodations be considered, including no smoking in public areas or within 25 feet of the entrances?

  • Shea

    When I moved I had to find new doctors, I found it easiest to call my insurance– and they can look up pulmonologist and/or allergist/immunologist. For my insurance I also needed a referral from my primary care doctor. 

    Once you get your pulmonologist or allergist/immunologist then you can let them know what triggers you (cigarette smoke) and ask them for a letter stating you have —- condition and —- triggers serious symptoms, and part of your treatment plan is to avoid secondhand smoke. 

    I am not sure what legal action you can take if people are violating bylaws and the association is not enforcing them? But maybe you could talk to a legal referral line and find a lawyer who can answer that?

    Also once you have a diagnosis and doctor, you can make a "reasonable accomodation request" in writing to the powers that be (preferably something you can track like email or certified mail with signature) attaching any supportive evidence (doctors note and informative resources, as well as bylaws that are being violated) and put possible solutions (they put up no smoking signs violaters will be fined and/or prosecuted or evicted for multiple violations) AND act on reports/violations, also that they cover the cost to clear your apartment of smoke coming into the unit– I can only think HEPA air purifier and/or some type of sealant for crack, crevices that you notice it comes in through?