There are several items to address before your first visit.
usually plan to mail you three items before your visit: A Map with
directions, a Fincancial Policies Statement, and a Patient Health
Questionnaire which we ask that you fill out before your visit.
you have past medical records (such as X-ray reports, laboratory
reports, past allergy testing, pulmonary function testing, or other
useful information) please bring them for your visit.
A list of your current medications and dosages is important to bring to the visit.
Certain medications should be held prior to the first visit if possible.
These medications interfere with skin testing and should be
discontinued prior to the visit if skin testing is to be performed.
Examples include diphenhydramine (Benadryl), hydroxyzine (Atarax),
chlorpheniramine (Chlor-trimeton), Rondec, Rynatan, Periactin,
loratadine (Claritin), desloratadine (Clarinex), fexofenadine
(Allegra), and cetirizine (Zyrtec). Many over-the-counter cold
medications also contain anti-histamines. Astelin nasal spray should
also be discontinued. These medications should ideally be stopped 7
days prior to the visit, but at a minimum 4 days prior to the visit. If
you have hives (urticaria) or other problems that require
anti-histamines, then you may continue them, and we can discuss future
testing options at the visit.
Quick-Relief Inhalers: These
bronchodilator medication should be held at least 4 hours prior to the
visit, if possible. Examples include albuterol (Proventil, Ventolin),
levalbuterol (Xopenex), ipratropium (Atrovent), and pirbuterol(Maxair).
Please note that all minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please notify the office at least 2 days prior to the visit.