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.
In order to hold your appointment time, our office requires a VERBAL CONFIRMATION from you. Two to three days prior to your appointment you will receive a confirmation call from us on your primary number. If we cannot reach you, we will leave a message instructing you to call back. YOU MUST CALL OUR OFFICE TO CONFIRM AT LEAST 24 HOURS OR ONE BUSINESS DAY PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT. If you do not, your appointment may be cancelled and given to someone else. For your convenience an answering machine is available if you need to leave a message after hours. The number to call is (260) 436-5670.
We highly recommend that you verify your insurance benefits for new patient consultations and, if scheduled, allergy testing done in the office.