What to expect on your first visit
Prior to your initial visit, it will be helpful if you come 10 minutes early. This will provide adequate time to complete any necessary forms.
If you are scheduled for allergy testing, stop all antihistamines prior to testing.
Stop the following antihistamines for 7 days before your appointment:
Stop the following antihistamines for 3 days before your appointment:
Stop antihistamine nose spray and eye drops 3 days before your appointment. This may include Astelin, Astepro, Patanase, Patanol, Pataday, Zaditor, Optivar, Naphcon, Elestat, Emadine, Livostin.
If you are not sure if the medicine you are taking is an antihistamine ask your doctor, pharmacist, or call our office.
Continue to take all your other medicines as you usually do.
Not all patients are tested for allergies on the initial visit for various reasons including illness and / or medication use.
Come prepared - - the initial visit may take 1-2 hours.
Bring something to occupy you / your child during the testing procedure. Suggestions for your child: books, magazines, music, toys, games, or coloring books.
What is done during the allergy skin testing?
When you have skin testing done, we use a sterile, plastic prick test device that can test for 8 or more allergens simultaneously (see photo below). If you are allergic to an allergen, you will get a bump and redness approximately the size of a mosquito bite where the skin was pricked. After a short time, each skin test reaction is measured for swelling and redness. A large enough skin reaction is a positive skin test. This means an allergy may exist to the allergen placed at that site.