Because we are an allergy and asthma office, where there are many patients with food allergies, food and drinks are not allowed in the office. We also ask that you refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or scented body products as a courtesy to our patients with asthma. Thank you for your cooperation.
For your first appointment:
In order to do skin testing, do not take antihistamines for 5 days before your appointment. Please refer to the list below. Please call if a medication you are taking is not on the list and you are not sure if it is, or contains, an antihistamine.
The first visit will take approximately 2-3 hours, which includes a consultation with your provider and appropriate testing. Please bring a list of your current medications, including strengths and doses. Also, bring your medication list, any relevant blood test results, breathing test reports, and reports of x-rays, CT or MRI scans. If you have seen an allergist before, bring previous records, including skin test and blood test results.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment to fill out New Patient Registration paperwork. You can also complete your New Patient Registration paperwork on our patient portal (see below). Please remember to bring your insurance card, driver's license or identification card, and a referral, if your insurance requires you to have one.
Please click on the link below to sign into the Patient Portal where you can complete your New Patient Registration prior to your visit.
Food challenge appointments:
Be prepared to be in the office for 3-4 hours. Stop antihistamines 5 days prior to the appointment. Please refer to the list of antihistamines below. You will not have a food challenge at your first appointment.
Allergy shots are injections of allergens you are allergic to, given over several years, in increasing doses, to create immunity. Before starting shots be sure you understand the risks and benefits of allergy shots.
If you are transferring care from a previous allergist, please fill out the Records Release form below and bring it to our office. This gives authorization for your previous records (e.g., skin testing, breathing tests, blood tests) to be released to us.
Stop taking these medications 5 days before your appointment for skin testing and food challenges:
Atarax Azelastine Nasal Spray
Doxylamine (typically used as a sleeping aid, "Unisom")
Meclizine (typically used for motion sickness) Olopatadine Nasal Spray
Stop Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) 24 hours before your visit.
Stop any over-the-counter cold medicines 3 days before your visit.
Please continue asthma medicines, including Singulair and inhalers (e.g., albuterol, Advair, Pulmicort).
Also continue steroid nose sprays (e.g., Flonase [fluticasone], Nasonex, Veramyst).