Patients are encouraged to bring medical records of any previous allergy treatment, including written reports of x-rays, CT scans, and ENT/Pulmonary evaluations, relevant medication bottles or prescriptions, and prior allergy testing and laboratory results.
Most patients will have allergy testing at their first office visit. Please try to avoid any medications that contain antihistamines for five days prior to your visit. These medications can suppress allergic reactions so that the skin testing is inaccurate. However, if your symptoms are intolerable without these medications, please continue to take them and we will figure out the best way to pursue allergy testing at your visit
Please avoid the following medications 5 days prior to your visit:
Prescription antihistamines: desloratadine(Clarinex), Levocetirizine (Xyzal), hydroxyzine, or cyproheptadine (Periactin)
Over-the-counter antihistamines: Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton, Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, Fexofendaine, Loratadine, Cetirizine, cough medicines with antihistamines and others
Nasal antihistamine sprays: azelastine (Astelin, Astepro), olopatadine(Patanase), Dymista
Do not stop taking:
Nasal steroid sprays (Flonase, Fluticasone, Veramyst, Nasonex, Omnaris, Nasacort AQ, Rhinocort, etc.)
Asthma medications (Albuterol, Flovent, Advair, Symbicort, Xopenex, Dulera, Azmanex, Alvesco, Qvar, etc.)
Eye drops for allergy (Patanol, Zaditor, Pataday, etc.)
Decongestants (Sudafed, Prolex D, etc.)
Oral steroids (Prednisone, Medrol, Prelone, etc.)
Medicines for other conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, reflux, high blood pressure, birth control pills, etc.