Allergy skin testing provides a fast, safe and reliable means for identifying allergic
sensitivities to inhalant allergens (e.g., pollens, molds, dust mites and animal danders)
and is also used sometimes to diagnose allergic sensitivities to insect stings, antibiotics
and foods. The information obtained from allergy testing provides guidance for
avoidance of allergens, the most important and first step in the treatment of any allergic
disorder. Test results may also be used to formulate allergy shot extracts. In order to
make your allergy testing appointment as productive as possible, we ask that you review
the following instructions prior to your appointment:
1. Although the testing itself may be completed in one hour or less, additional time may
be needed to discuss results, allergy avoidance measures and treatment options.
2. Wear a shirt or blouse, which can be removed easily. Prick skin testing is performed
using the Multitest™ device applied to the back.
3. The medications listed below will interfere with allergy skin testing and should be
discontinued in the time specified. If you have a medical condition or severe allergic
symptoms which might worsen without medications, please consult us prior to stopping
these medications. If you have forgotten to stop these medications by the specified
time, please consult one of our nurses to determine whether or not you need to
reschedule your allergy testing appointment.
ALL OTHER MEDICATIONS NOT LISTED BELOW WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH
SKIN TESTING AND SHOULD BE CONTINUED AS PRESCRIBED !!!
DISCONTINUE 10 DAYS PRIOR TO SKIN TESTING:
Hydroxyzine (Ararax, Vistaril) Desipramine (Norpramin) **
** IF YOU ARE TAKING A STARRED MEDICATION, YOU MUST FIRST CONSULT WITH THE
PRESCRIBING PHYSICIAN TO DETERMINE IF IT IS SAFE TO DISCONTINUE.
DISCONTINUE 5 DAYS PRIOR TO SKIN TESTING:
(many prescription & OTC brands, including Ahchew, Chlor-Trimeton, DAllergy,
Deconamine, Durahist, Extendryl, Histavent, Omnihist, Rescon, Rynatan, Triaminic Cold & Allergy,
Triaminic Multi-Symptom) Diphenhydramine
(many OTC brands, including Benadryl, Tylenol PM, Tylenol Cold & Sinus,
Triaminic Night Time Cold & Cough, Advil Cold & Sinus, Sominex, Nytol) Brompheniramine
(Dimetapp, Bromfed) Tripelennamine
(Actifed, PBZ) Certain Medications for Motion Sickness / Nausea:
Dramamine, Compazine, Meclizine (Antivert),
Phenergan (promethazine) Anihistamine Nasal Sprays:
Astelin, Astepro, Patanase. NOTE: all other nasal sprays are OK!
Antihistamine Eye Drops:
Alomide, Livostin, Optivar, Pataday, Patanol
DO NOT DISCONTINUE THE FOLLOWING MEDICATIONS:
Medications for Asthma
: including Advair, Flovent, Pulmicort, Qvar, Asmanex, Singulair and Zyflo
Topical cortisone nasal sprays:
including Flonase, Nasonex, Nasacort, Rhinocort, Veramyst
Medications for acid reflux, high blood pressure and other chronic medical conditions.
PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AND ASK TO SPEAK WITH A NURSE IF YOU HAVE
ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS REGARDING THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
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