The initial allergy visit can take up to two hours. At this visit, you will be asked to fill out registration forms and history forms, and will then usually meet with the doctor to discuss what has been bothering you and what next steps may be. Depending on your symptoms, we may have you do a breathing test (spirometry) to see how the airflow is in your lung and bronchial tubes, and may do allergy skin tests, which is why we ask you to be off of antihistamines for at least 4-5 days as these may not be accurate if antihistamines are in your system. Following the testing, you will meet (again) with the doctor to review these test results, determine if any other tests such as x-rays or blood tests are necessary, and to talk about how to get you feeling better. This can include reviewing how to avoid substances you may be allergic to or which may be exacerbating your symptoms, which medications might be helpful and how best to use them, etc. A followup appointment will usually be scheduled to evaluate if you are getting good relief from this plan, and adjusting it if necessary.
HIPAA/ Privacy Practices statement (PDF) (For your information – does not need to be printed.)
HIPAA Acknowledgment (PDF) (Please print and bring signed copy.)
Bringing these filled out forms to your appointment will help us to begin your visit promptly.