What to expect
Your First Appointment
At your first visit to our clinic, your doctor will take a thorough history of your symptoms, perform a physical exam and may recommend allergy skin testing. Skin testing can confirm whether your symptoms are caused by allergies and help your doctor determine the best treatment for you.
What is allergy Skin Testing?
Allergy skin testing involves placing small drops of purified protein extract onto the skin with a gentle poke. If you are allergic to the extract, the surrounding skin will become mildly raised and red. After a short time, each skin reaction is measured. Your doctor will compare your skin test results with your history of symptoms.
How long will the test take?
Test results are available within 15-20 minutes of testing, so you don’t have to wait long to find out what is triggering your allergies. The entire clinic visit may last 90 minutes or longer.
Will my medications interfere with skin testing?
Some medications will interfere with skin testing and must be stopped before your test. See the list below to determine if your medications will interfere with skin testing. (If you have any concerns about stopping medications check with your/your child’s doctor before you stop the medicine. If you have questions about any medicine you are taking, please contact your pharmacist, the prescribing physician or a member of our staff.)If you are unable to discontinue using antihistamines, please keep your appointment and let a member of our staff know that you are currently taking an antihistamine.
What should I bring to my appointment?
To help serve you better at your appointment please bring with you:
Insurance card, Photo ID (drivers license), and Co pay.
Bring in your medications or make a list of current medications you are taking including any over the counter medications and herbal supplements. Bring any recent skin test results, lab reports, sinus or head CT reports and/or CD.