Your First Visit
There are several items to address before your first visit.
We 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.
If 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.
Anti-Histamines: 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.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions