Allergy & Asthma Center of Central Maryland

Patient Information

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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 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.

Patient Portal with New Patient Registration

 

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.  

 

Stop taking these antihistamines 5 days before your visit

Alavert Cetirizine
Allegra/Allegra-D
Astelin
Astepro
Atarax
Azelastine Nasal Spray

Fexofenadine
Hydroxyzine
Levocetirizine
Loratadine
Meclizine (often used for motion sickness)
Olopatadine Nasal Spray

Cetirizine
Chlorpheniramine
Clarinex/Clarinex-D
Claritin/Claritin-D
Doxylamine (Unisom, often used as a sleeping aid)
Dymista

 

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 (montelukast) and inhalers (e.g., albuterol, Advair, Pulmicort). 

Also continue steroid nose sprays (e.g., Flonase [fluticasone], Nasonex, Veramyst).