What to expect at your new patient consult...
During your first visit, one of the doctors will review your medical history with you, perform a physical exam, and discuss any testing that is necessary in your diagnosis or treatment. Most of these tests are performed right here in our office.
These tests may include:
- Spirometry (lung function tests)
- FeNO (exhaled nitric oxide)
- Skin prick / intradermal testing to allergens (food / environmental / medications / insect venom)
- Patch testing to foods or contact allergens
- Blood testing
This appointment will take approximately 30-45 minutes. Please arrive at the office 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
What to bring to your first appointment:
- Completed new patient medical history forms >> Download form (PDF format)
- Insurance card
- Referral if required by your insurance
- Driver’s license or identification card
The following may also be helpful:
- Any medical records pertaining to your condition
- Previous skin testing results
We may perform skin testing at our first visit if our scheduler has identified you as an appropriate candidate. If so, please allow approximately two hours for the visit. In other cases, we will schedule a follow-up visit for skin testing.
- Skin test consent form >> Downloadable form coming.
It is very important to discontinue all antihistamines one week prior to skin testing.
If you do not discontinue your antihistamines, you may not be able to be tested because these medications BLOCK the skin testing reaction. For a list of common antihistamines, please click below. If you have any further questions regarding antihistamines please call our office.
>> Link to antihistamines
If you are taking a beta-blocker medication, please inform our scheduler prior to scheduling you skin testing. For a list of common beta-blocker medications, please click below.
>> Link to beta blockers
Follow-up visits are scheduled to review labs and/or assess your response to treatment. If you start allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots), a yearly follow-up is required while on injections in order for us to review your treatment and update your medical history. Follow-up visits are with one of our doctors or our nurse practicioner. Most follow-up appointments take about 15 minutes.