FAQ

Your first appointment may last at least 2 1/2 hours (if you do get tested on this day) so please schedule accordingly.
Fasting before skin testing is not necessary.
If you are pregnant or nursing please inform the nurse or physician at your appointment.
Certain medications containing antihistamines may need to be discontinued (except if you have hives) prior to allergy testing.
Please review the following list of medications or your primary care physician may advise you on this. 
DO NOT STOP ANY MEDICATIONS FOR THIS VISIT WITHOUT CONSULTING A PHYSICIAN.
Please call our office during business hours with any questions.
THESE MEDICATIONS MUST BE DISCONTINUED PRIOR TO ALLERGY SKIN TESTING:
STOP FOR 8 DAYS PRIOR TO ALLERGY SKIN TESTING: Alavert, Allegra D, Cetirizine, Clarinex, Claritin, Claritin D, Desloratadine, Fexofenadine, Loratadine, Zyrtec, Zyrtec D, Xyzal, Levocetirizine
STOP FOR 4 DAYS PRIOR TO ALLERGY SKIN TESTING: Astelin, Astepro, Atarax, Azelastine, Bepreve, Cyproheptadine, Clemastine, Hydroxyzine, Optivar, Patanase, Pataday, Periactin, Tavist, Tavist D, Vistaril, Zaditor, Dymista
STOP FOR 36 HOURS PRIOR TO ALLERGY SKIN TESTING: Acrivastine, Actifed, Allerest, Aller-chor, Axid, Azatadine, Benadryl, Benyline, Bonine, Bromfed, Brompheneramine, Chlorpheneramine, Chor-Trimetone, Cimetidine, Codimal DH, Contac, Dallergy, Decomine, Dimetane, Dipheramine, Diphenhydramine, Dimetapp, Dramamine, Dristan, Drixoral, Dura-tab, Dura-vent, Extendryl, Famotidine, Hycomine, Kronofed, Marezine, Meclizine, Methapyrilene, Methscopolamine, Naldecon, Nizatidine, Nolahist, Nolamine, Novafed A, Optimine, Pepcid, Phenergan, Polyhistine D, Promethazine, Pyrilamine, Ranitidine, Rondec, Rynatan, Rynatuss, Semprex, Sinulin, Sinutab, Tagamet, Triaminic, Triaminicol, Trinalin, Tussionex, Tylenol Allergy, Zantac
Many non-prescription medications for colds, cough, insomnia, and headache contain antihistamines.
Please review the ingredients of any medications you are on.
Most of these need to be discontinued 36 hours prior to testing.
DO NOT DISCONTINUE ANY MAINTENANCE MEDICATIONS (HEART, BLOOD PRESSURE, ETC) WITHOUT CONSULTING A PHYSICIAN.
IF YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT WHETHER TO STOP A MEDICATION, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE.
ANTIBIOTICS DO NOT AFFECT SKIN TESTS.

*Patients under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.