FREEDOM ALLERGY SKIN TESTING INSTRUCTIONS
Allergy skin testing is a fast, safe and reliable way of identifying allergic sensitivities to inhalant allergens (e.g.,pollens, molds, dust mites and animal danders). Allergy testing can also diagnose allergic sensitivities to insect stings, antibiotics and foods. Allergy test results help tell which allergens you should avoid, which is the first and most important step in treating your allergic disorder. Allergy 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 before coming to your appointment:
- 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.
- Wear a shirt or blouse that can be easily removed. Prick skin testing is performed using the Multitest device applied to the back.
- The medications listed below will interfere with allergy skin testing and should be discontinued in the time specified below. If you have a medical condition or severe allergic symptoms that could worsen without medications, please consult us prior to stopping these medications. If you have forgotten to stop these medications by the specified time, please call our office to determine whether or not you need to reschedule your allergy testing appointment.
ANY MEDICATIONS NOT LISTED BELOW WILL NOT INTERFERE WITH
SKIN TESTING AND SHOULD BE CONTINUED AS PRESCRIBED.
DISCONTINUE 10 DAYS PRIOR TO SKIN TESTING:
|Cetirizine (Zyrtec)||Cyproheptadine (Periactin)||Imipramine (Tofranil) *|
|Levocetirizine (Xyzal)||Doxepin (Sinequan, Adapin)||Chlorpromazine (Thorazine) *|
|Desloratadine (Clarinex)||Amitriptyline (Elavil) *||Thioridazine (Mellaril) *|
|Loratadine (Claritin, Alavert)||Nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl) *||Thiothixene (Navane) *|
|Fexofenadine (Allegra)||Clomipramine (Anafranil) *||Trifluoperazine (Stelazine) *|
|Hydroxyzine (Atarax, Vistaril)||Desipramine (Norpramin) *|
* IF YOU ARE TAKING A STARRED MEDICATION, PLEASE CONSULT WITH THE
PRESCRIBING PHYSICIAN TO DETERMINE IF IT IS SAFE TO DISCONTINUE
DISCONTINUE 5 DAYS PRIOR TO SKIN TESTING:
|Chlorpheniramine (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, Dymista.
NOTE: all other nasal sprays are OK!
|Antihistamine Eye Drops: Alomide, Livostin, Optivar, Pataday, Patano|
DO NOT DISCONTINUE THE FOLLOWING MEDICATIONS:
|Medications for Asthma: Including Advair, Flovent, Pulmicort, Qvar, Asmanex, Singulair 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 at (678) 400-6650 with any questions.
(Instructions courtesy of Dallas Allergy & Immunology)