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New Patients

Before you visit:
  • Bringing the completed forms can reduce the time you spend in the waiting room.

  • If you are tested for allergies, your appointment could take up to 4 hours. Dress accordingly and bring a snack!

  • Please show consideration for other allergy patients by not wearing cologne or perfume. 

  • Check the list of medications below for any that will conflict with allergy testing. 

  • For specifics, see the outline bleow. You can also refer to our Frequently Asked Questions Page. 

Extremely Important

Beta blockers, sedative medication, and certain antidepressants should be stopped if possible as they interfere with the allergy testing results. Please keep in mind that you should only stop these medications under the direction of your perscribing physician. Please call our office if you have any questions regarding your medications. 

 

Most asthma medications can be continued. If possible, do not use your asthma inhalers the morning of your appointment. Bring them with you for use shortly after you arrive. Let the nurse know prior to use if possible. 

Common Medications That Interfere with Testing: 
  • Actifed

  • Alavert

  • Allegra

  • Antivert

  • Astepro

  • Atarax

  • Benadryl

  • Chlor-Trimeton

  • Clarinex

  • Claritin

  • Dimetapp

  • Doxepin

  • Drixoral

  • Hydroxyzine

  • Loratadine

  • Naldecon

  • Periactin

  • Phenergan

  • Polaramine

  • Rynatan

  • Tavist

  • Triaminic

  • Vasocon

  • Vistaril

  • Xyzal

  • Zyrtec

Please stop taking the following medications one week prior to testing as they may affect testing results. You should consult your perscribing physician prior to stoping any perscribed medications. 

Outline of Typical First Visit:

You may spend 3-5 hours with us on your first visit. Much of this is time between stages of testing waiting for potential reactions to develop, so you may wish to bring items for entertainment and a snack if necessary.

The nurse will talk with you at length and obtain a detailed history of your allergy problems.

Prick skin testing is a simple procedure involving a small prick of the skin to deliver a drop of allergen extract, such as plant matter or pet dander. It takes about 20 minutes before the results can be read. If needed, a second test, called an intradermal skin test may be applied, which consists of injecting a tiny bubble of the extract into the skin of the arm, again to be read after about 20 minutes.

 

You may have laboratory work or other tests ordered as well. If asthma-like symptoms are reported, a breathing test may also be performed.

After all the testing is completed, your nurse will explain some of the general steps in the treatment of allergies. Your physician will then outline with you the recommendations regarding your individualized treatment plan.

Rescheduling Policy

If you cannot keep a scheduled appointment, please call our office as soon as possible to reschedule. Late cancellations or “no-shows” prevent others from being seen. To address this need, cancellations less than 48 hours in advance will result in a $25 fee. Missed appointments will result in a $60 charge. Note that insurance will not cover these charges.

Still have questions? Call our office or visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page.