On your first visit a scratch test and/or an intradermal skin testing series may have to be done to ascertain your allergies to: dust, grasses, trees, animal dander, etc. The sensation felt on testing is comparable to a mosquito sting or a pinprick. We then look for a reaction on the skin after 15 minutes, observing any evidence of redness, hives or itching. For patient safety, testing is completed in 2 to 3 visits. If you react strongly to any of the antigens we may have to do less testing per visit, which would prolong the length of time to finish testing.
It is absolutely necessary that all antihistamines, such as Allegra, Claritin, Clarinex, Zyrtec, Xyxal, Benadryl or other antihistamines be discontinued 48 hours prior to your appointment. You should however continue to take any medication prescribed by other physicians for asthma, blood pressure, diabetes, heart trouble, etc. At the completion of all tests a further consultation will be held with the doctor at which time all aspects of your condition will be discussed. Your initial visit will take anywhere from 20 to 60 minutes.
Return Testing visits
For return testing visits, please remember to remain off any antihistamines for 48 hours prior to your visit. You will be in our office for approximately 45mins.
Our office can perform a variety of special testings such as patch tests, anesthetic testing, venom testing, medication testing and more.
Once you have completed your testing. The physician will discuss your testing results and decide with you the best course of treatment. Treatment can range from medications to immunotherapy.
In this program you will receive various antigens that you are allergic to. Your body will be building up the necessary immunity to help you decrease your allergy symptoms. The program is very similar to receiving the flu vaccination or childhood immunizations. Because you are getting something that you are very allergic to, we have to begin at very low dosages and gradually increase them. You will need to wait 30 minutes after each injection in the office.