Allergy Testing Protocol
Testing will take 1 to 2 hours
NOTE: Children under age 18-years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Younger children will require the assistance of parent or legal guardian during the entire testing procedure: please – do not bring other siblings at time of testing of patient.
1. Wear a sleeveless, or loose-fitting shirt. Testing is done on upper arms (elbow to shoulder area). Numerous dilutions of various antigens will be injected under the skin to determine your allergies.
2. Eat something light: No restrictions of food or fluids before testing.
3. Complete allergy questionaire (both sides) and give to the allergy nurse at time of testing.
1. ANTIDEPRESSANTS – (Tricyclic) – discontinue 7-days before testing.
2. ANTIHISTAMINES – discontinue 7-days prior to testing (prescription medications: Allegratm, Claritintm, Zyrtectm, Etc; over-the-counter medications: Alleresttm, Benadryltm, Dristantm, Tavisttm, Tylenol Sinustm, Etc.; exceptions: Entextm, Robitussin PEtm, Rutuss DEtm, Sudafedtm, Zephrex LAtm.)
3. BETA BLOCKERS – (Adrenergic) – discontinue 7-days before testing.
See chart for list of generic and brand names of drugs.
4. CORTISONE - “Cortisone Therapy” – oral/injection – discontinue 4-8 weeks depending on the type taken. (Aristocorttm, Celestonetm, Corteftm, Decadrontm, Deltasonetm, Depo-Medroltm, Hydrocortonetm, Kenacorttm, Kenalogtm, Medroltm, Prednisone, Solu-Medrotm).
5. CREAMS - with cortisone – to upper arms – discontinue 2-3 weeks prior to testing. (Cortaidtm Cream, Hydrocortisone Cream, etc.)
6. INJECTION (allergy) - discontinue 7-days before testing.
1. NASAL SPRAYS OR INHALERS* - (with/without steroid).
*Note: bring these with you – May need during testing!
2. OPHTHALMIC (EYE) DROPS – (with/without Beta-Blocker).
3. Routine daily medications – except as listed above.
CANCELLATION OF TESTING:please give 7-days to notice to this office/Allergy Department.