PREPARATION FOR ALLERGY TESTING
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
MEDICATIONS YOU ARE REQUIRED TO DISCONTINUE
ANTIHISTAMINES interfere with skin testing. Discontinue all prescription and over-the-counter antihistamines at least 7 days prior to testing. Below is a list of common antihistamines. Check your medication label for these. This list may not be complete. If you are unsure, please CALL OUR OFFICE AT 410.573.1600
"PM"' label (ANY BRAND)
MEDICATIONS YOU MAY OR MAY NOT BE REQUIRED TO DISCONTINUE
BLOOD PRESSURE, HEART, DEPRESSION, ORAL STEROIDS (PREDNISONE) or MIGRAINE MEDICATIONS may affect testing. Do not discontinue these medications without consulting our office.
DO NOT DISCONTINUE ASTHMA MEDICATIONS
Examples: Singulair, Advair, Alvesco, Asmanex, Dulera, Symbicort, Flovent, Pulmicort, QVAR, Albuterol (Ventolin, Proventil, ProAir, Xopenex}, and any other lung inhalers.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT ANY MEDICATION, PLEASE CALL 410-573-1600
DO NOT APPLY CREAMS OR LOTIONS TO ARMS unless medically necessary.
Deodorant/Antiperspirant is OK.
Please WEAR or BRING A LOOSE, SHORT SLEEVED SHIRT on the day of testing. We will need access to your arms up to your shoulders.
LENGTH OF VISIT cannot always be predicted. Be prepared to stay 2 -4 hours, unless we advise you otherwise. Feel free to bring a book or a DVD. A DVD player is available.
EATING prior to visit is recommended as food is not allowed in the office. (see below)
BRING COPIES of Blood Tests (if relevant), previous ALLERGY TESTS, Chest X-RAYS, and/or CT Scans.
IN CASE OF ACUTE ILLNESS
IF YOU ARE ACTIVELY WHEEZING, COUGHING, or incidentally have HIVES (welts) on the day of your visit, allergy testing may not be possible. If this is your first visit, will be evaluated by Dr. Gels, but testing may need to be postponed. Alternatively, you may call us to reschedule.
!!VERY IMPORTANT !!
! NO FOOD OR DRINK IN OFFICE !
Young patients with life-threatening food allergies are regular visitors in our office. A small crumb found by a toddler and ingested could cause a serious reaction. Water bottles, infant formula, dry cereal (i.e. Cheerios) are acceptable.