MGH Back Bay

Conveniently located at 388 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, MGH Back Bay provides outstanding primary care and preventative health care to the entire family, from newborns to seniors.

Boston's Back Bay

APPOINTMENTS

Phone: 617-267-7171
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
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MGH Back Bay
388 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Welcome to MGH Bay Back Health Care Center

Our Mission

Our staff is dedicated to delivering the highest quality patient care through ongoing collaboration among patients, caregivers and professional care providers. As part of our approach to care, we work to understand each patient’s physical, social, psychological and environmental circumstances and incorporate compassionate care, teamwork, health care excellence and respect for our patients into our practice.

Learn more about our mission and core values

Patient-Centered Medical Home

We are pleased to annouce that MGH Back Bay is now a certified Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH Level 3 certification). This is the highest level approved by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

This means that our focus and care is on the person as a whole, allowing your physician to spend more time with you. As a patient of our practice, you will also have access to all of the world-class resources of Massachusetts General Hospital, including specialists in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, should you need it.

We look forward to focusing on our patients as a whole to improve access and quality of health care, while decreasing health care costs to both the patients and communities we serve.

Learn more about the Patient Centered Medical Home model at Back Bay.

Team Care

Your team of health care providers will consist of your primary care provider, nurse practitioners, RN's, LPN's, flow manager, secretary, phlebotomist, managed care coordinator, physiatrist, social workers, nurse educator, residents and nutritionists.

All of our doctors are board-certified and are specially trained to care for patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors. This means your doctor can care for your entire family for life.

Our physicians work with you to coordinate all of your health care needs, from routine physical exams to diagnosis and treatment of complex medical conditions, to preventative medicine and wellness programs.

Welcome Berklee College of Music Students

MGH Back Bay and Berklee College of Music have developed a strong connection. We offer students primary care services during your their in Boston. We are conveniently located in your neighborhood, just a short walk to Commonwealth Avenue. Services are available by appointment so that you can plan when you need to be seen at a time that works best for you. A staff nurse is available to you by telephone or email (Patient Gateway) to answer specific questions about your health.

Patient Services

  • Primary Care
  • Diabetes Education
  • Laboratory Services
  • Counseling, Brief Treatment and Mental Health Services
  • Physiatry
  • Outreach Services

Seasonal Allergies (also know as Hay fever)

Seasonal allergies are very common.

Some people suffer seasonally and others have symptoms throughout the year. One of the most important things you can do for your allergies is to avoid the things that make it worse. These are called "Allergens" or "Triggers". The most common "triggers" are pollen from trees, grass, weed, and ragweed. Many people are also allergic to mold. Below is a listing of the pollen seasons for the New England area:

  Tree pollen season - March to June
  Grass pollen season - May to August
  Weed pollen season - July to October
  Ragweed pollen season - August to October.

Mold, on the other hand, is present throughout the year. Mold spore levels change due to weather conditions such as wind, rain or temperature.
Information on pollen and mold spore counts by area is available from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology on their web site (www.aaaai.org).

Common symptoms:

  • Itchy, red eyes; swelling and blueness of skin below the eye; feeling of grittiness in the eyes
  • Watery discharge, blocked nasal passages. Sneezing, post nasal drip, loss of taste.
  • Sore throat; hoarse voice, congestion or “popping of ears”
  • Frequent waking at night causing daytime fatigue

Treatment:
Reduce exposure to offending triggers/ Environmental management
Over the counter medication
If severe, see your provider for a referral to Allergist and immunotherapy

Reducing exposure and environmental management

  • Keep windows closed at home and in the car. 
  • Stay indoors when possible during peak pollen times
  • Use air conditioners during times of peak symptoms. 
  • Do NOT use fans. They will blow the pollen around.
  • Change your clothes when you come in from outside (clothes may bring the pollen inside)
  •  Wash your hands frequently.
  • Shower before bed to remove pollen from hair and skin
  • Change your pillow case frequently
  • Use saline nasal rinses to help rinse pollen from your nose when you come inside

Over the counter medications:

Eye drops: can help relieve nasal symptoms and itchy eyes.

  • OTC drops like zaditor (generic ketotifen fumarate) are soothing for itchy red eyes.  Use one drop twice a day.
  • Plain saline drops may also be helpful to moisten and rinse your eyes

Nasal sprays: Relieve sneezing, itching and runny nose and head congestion

  • Nasal irrigation with a saline spray will help rinse out allergens and irritants and can be helpful after being outdoors
  • Nasal lavage with a saline solution and neti pot, syringe or bottle sprayer may also be used 1-2 times a day for a more intense nasal wash
  • OTC nasal steroid sprays may be more effective than oral antihistamines for seasonal allergies with nasal symptoms.  These include Flonase (generic Fluticasone propionate) and Nasacort (generic  Triamcinolone)

Oral antihistamines: Relieve sneezing, itching and runny nose, but are generally less effective than nasal steroids for relieving nasal symptoms

  • Less sedating oral anti histamines include Claritin (generic loratidine), Zyrtec (generic cetirizine) and Allegra (generic fexofenadine). 
  • The most common sedating antihistamine is Benadryl (generic diphenyhydramine) and should not be used before driving or operating machinery.

Do not use antihistamines in children without talking to your doctor.

Read all labels for proper dose and frequency.

Do not mix oral medications.

Reducing exposure to allergens and environmental triggers

along with OTC medications can help reduce your symptoms

during allergy season.

If you feel you need additional measures,

 please make an appointment to see your PCP.