At Allergy & Asthma Associates, we try to make diagnostic and care as hassle free as possible for patients. You benefit from specialized allergy testing and treatment from our physicians in Beavercreek, Ohio. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (937) 431-0721.
Skin tests will be performed in most instances to determine if and to what you are allergic. Skin testing remains the most rapid, sensitive, and reliable method of making this determination. Ordinarily most tests are done on the arms and only a few tests may be necessary.
Most tests are performed using a plastic, toothpick-like device making a superficial prick on the skin of the forearm or back. All types of tests are relatively painless.
|Children, especially young children, may be frightened of the tests, and they may seem to "hurt" more than older children or adults. Being honest with them ("the tests may sting and itch like a mosquito bite"), and explaining and demonstrating what is to be done (on the parent if so desired) usually allay such fears.
Skin testing can usually be accomplished in one visit and will usually last about one hour. It is necessary that all antihistamines be stopped five days prior to skin testing. Please see the list of medications below to be discontinued before testing. We also recommend you make arrangements for the care of any young children who are not being evaluated.
(Hyposensitization, Immunotherapy, "Allergy" Shots)
Some patients may need allergy injections as part of their treatment for an allergic disorder. You may receive these injections in any of our offices, or we will send your allergic treatment set ("Allergy Extract" or "Vaccine") to your primary physician for administration under his/her supervision.
Allergy injections will be given only when there is a physician in the immediate area since there is always a potential for a serious reaction to occur. It is necessary to remain in the waiting room for a period of time after the injection. We cannot take responsibility for injections given without medical supervision.
Instructions for Patients That Will Be Skin Tested
Take NO antihistamines, over-the-counter allergy, cold or sleeping preparations prior to testing. Please note that asthmatics and patients treated for other chronic illnesses should continue to take all prescribed medications for those conditions, unless they are specifically told not to do so by the doctor. Asthma medications, including your inhalers, will not interfere with the testing and should not be stopped.
The following is a partial list of medications that should be discontinued at least 5 days prior to skin testing. Also, most over-the-counter sleep aids and allergy/cold medicines should be avoided. Any medicine listing drowsiness or sedation as a side effect may need to be stopped before testing. Please call our office if you are taking any sinus or allergy medicine not listed here:
• Alka-Seltzer Plus®
*(generic name is fexofenadine)
• Allerestl® A.R.M.
• Atrohist Plus®
*(generic name is dipenhydramine)
*(generic name is loratadine)
• CTM dexbrompheniramine®
• Duratapp PD®
• Robitussin CF®
• Rondec TC®
• Sudafed Plus®
• Tavist D®
*(generic name is certitizine)
• Zyrtec D®
The following medications should be discontinued for 7 days prior to skin testing:
The following medications should be discontinued for 1 day prior to skin testing:
• Axid® • Pepcid® • Zantac®
• Benadryl®cream • Tagamet®
You may take the following medications for nasal congestion:
• Any over-the-counter decongestant or saline spray or Nasalcrom®
• Any steroid allergy spray (Flonase®, Fluticasone®, Nasacort®, Nasarel®, Omnaris®, Rhinocort®, Qnasl®, Zetonna®)
• Any oral decongestant (Entex®, PSE, Guaifed®, Humibid®, Sudafed® (note Sudafed Plus®)