Frequently Asked Questions
If I can’t stop taking antihistamines what can I do?
Continue to take your medications if you cannot stop, we do not want you to be uncomfortable. The physician may choose a different form of testing, or test you at a later date.
At what age do you begin seeing patients?
We see patients from infancy on. It is up to the physician’s discretion as to whether or not the patient is tested.
What is the protocol to leave a message for a physician?
You will generally speak to a nurse prior to speaking with a physician. This is so that they can get all of the information correct and properly relay it to the physician.
Who should I call to refill my prescriptions?
Please call your pharmacy to renew your prescriptions. Please allow for up to 72 hours for the prescription to be renewed.
How long do I have to be on allergy shots?
The length of time that you are on shots for varies with each patient. It is always up for discussion with your physician at your annual visit.
Why do I have to wait a half hour after my shots?
We want to monitor our patients after their shots in case of a reaction. A reaction can occur no matter how long you have been receiving shots.
Does testing hurt?
Everyone reacts differently. Some people think it tickles. It takes approximately three minutes to apply the test.
What is involved in testing?
It depends on the type of testing that is being administered. Scratch testing is a series of surface pricks on the back with a possibility of surface injections in the arm. A RAST test is simply a blood draw.
How long will my appointment take?
Depending on the type of appointment you are having times will vary. If you are coming in for an allergy check up you can expect to be here for about an hour give or take. This will include time for you to meet with the nurse so they may get your history and vitals as well as time with the allergist.
If you are coming in for allergy testing you can expect to be here for a couple of hours. This includes time spent getting your history, time spent with the allergist and time spent being tested.