Our New Patient Packet is a PDF download that contains all of the necessary forms and information you need.Please complete all three forms ONLINE first, then print and sign. Bring all three forms with you to the first appointment.
The initial allergy consultation will include a detailed history, physical examination, and if scheduled, airborne and/or food allergy skin testing. Very young children may receive a lesser number of skin tests. Allergy skin testing identifies specific airborne and food allergy triggers. After the initial consultation and testing, a detailed treatment will be discussed, including medications as well as proper techniques for certain medications, such as nose sprays and inhalers. If applicable, appropriate environmental control measures for both indoor and outdoor allergens will be discussed. Based on various selection criteria, immunotherapy (allergy shots) may be recommended for those who are good candidates.
Because of the nature of allergy consultation and testing, there is a great deal of information that is covered during the initial visit. You should make arrangements to be in our office for approximately one hour. Please do not bring other young children, but if you must, bring another adult to provide proper supervision so that you may give your full attention to the doctor and the information given. Please turn off your cell phone completely during your appointment.
Antihistamine medications may mask the results of skin testing, causing false negative results. If you are scheduled for skin testing, please DO NOT take any antihistamine medications, such as Claritin (loratadine), Clarinex (desloratadine), Allegra (fexofenadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine), or Xyzal (levocetirizine) for 4 days prior to testing. Short acting antihistamines such as Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Atarax (hydroxyzine), Periactin (cyproheptadine) and Doxepin (sinequan) need to be stopped 48 hours prior to testing. Other medications, such as selective nasal sprays, antacids, sleeping pills, anti-depressants, and eye drops may also contain an antihistamine. If you are unsure whether a medication contains an antihistamine, please call our office prior to testing.
We will call you 48 hours prior to your appointment to verbally confirm the appointment. If we do not get a hold of you, we will leave you a voicemail instructing you to call us back to confirm. If you do not call us back, we have the right to cancel your appointment. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, you must do so at least 24 hours prior to the appointment otherwise we will charge you a fee of $100, which will be billed directly to you and not your insurance. If you are calling to cancel or reschedule and cannot get a hold of us, please leave us a voicemail letting us know that you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment to avoid the $100 fee.
If you no-show to the appointment, you will also be charged $100 fee. Additionally, if you no-show, you will NOT have the opportunity to reschedule at a later date.
We highly recommend that you verify your insurance benefits for new patient consultations and, if scheduled, allergy testing done in the office.