Skin Testing / What to Expect

What Can I Expect During My First Visit With The Allergist?
You will have a consultation with the doctor to review your medical history and a physical exam will be performed. The allergist will determine what allergy testing you need depending on your history and symptoms. The nurse or medical assistant will apply all testing necessary your first visit and the physician will read all testing done. You will be given a complete list of the testing and a list of their results at the end of your visit. We ask you to plan on your first visit lasting 1 ½ to 2 hours.

What Can I Expect During A Skin Test?
Anywhere from 8 to 80 different allergens are tested. It will take the nurse or medical assistant about 2-3 minutes to place the allergens on your skin. Generally the prick or scratch test will be placed on your back. You will feel a slight prick as these are placed on your skin with a plastic applicator. If you are allergic to any of the antigens placed on your skin a small red bump will appear and the area may itch. The doctor will read the results of these test in 15-20 minutes and determine if any additional testing is done. Stronger testing is done by an intradermal test that places a small amount of the antigen under your skin with a very thin needle. These test will also be read in 15-20 minutes by the doctor.

How Can I Prepare For Allergy Testing? 
Discontinue any antihistamines 5 days before your appointment.  

BRAND                  GENERIC

Alavert                  Loratadine
Allegra                  Fexofenadine
Benadryl               Diphenhydramine
Clarinex                Desloratadine
Claritin                  Loratadine
Dramamine           Dimenhydrinate
Phenergan            Promethazine
Sinequan              Doxepin
Xyzal                    Levocetirizine
Zyrtec                   Cetirizine

Nasal Sprays:

BRAND                  GENERIC

Astelin                   Azelastine
Astepro                 Azelastine
Patanase             

 
Will My Insurance Cover Skin Testing?
Skin testing is covered through most insurance plans. To get individualized coverage information you should check with your insurance company. Your insurance policy may require deductibles to be paid or that you have a referral from your Primary Care Physician before your appointment would be covered by your policy.