Locating Specialized Medical Expertise Resources
The adverse health outcomes associated with poor indoor air quality can be minor or severe, short or long term and sometimes it is not obvious why people are feeling ill. Our recommendation is that you discuss your concerns about your health or the health of your loved ones with the primary health care provider first. The primary care provider will seek to provide basic medical diagnostics and a differential diagnosis with the goal of providing effective treatment or management of the illness.
In some cases, the primary care provider may be uncertain of the cause of the experienced illness. In those cases, your primary care provider may refer you to an appropriate medical specialist (i.e., allergist/immunologist, pulmonologist, pediatrician, ear/nose/throat specialist, environmental/occupational medicine specialist, medical toxicologist, neurologist, infectious disease specialist, etc.) depending on characteristics of the illness. You may also request a referral from your primary care provider should you feel it is necessary.
Although it is not generally recommended by the Department of Health or the medical community, you may decide to seek out a specialist without the recommended input of your primary health care provider. You may find that it can be difficult locating medical specialists in your area. The following links provide resources that you may use for locating such specialists:
NOTE: If you have poisoning questions or emergencies please the at 1-800-222-1222