Parkside Allergy Clinic: About Your Visit

History

We will ask you many questions about your past medical history, about your symptoms, and about your possible exposure to allergy triggers. You can help us by bringing in any medications you currently take, and any documentation you may have regarding past allergy care. Prior to your clinic visit, please fill out the Allergy Questionnaire.

Allergy Skin Testing

Your doctor may order allergy skin testing to determine what trigger is causing your symptoms. Prick Skin testing involves introducing a small amount of a purified protein extract through your skin with a gentle poke. If you are allergic to that particular antigen, you will have a reddened reaction at the area of the poke. Prick Skin testing takes about 15 to 20 minutes, and your doctor will review the results with you immediately after the tests. If your doctor orders prick skin testing, your entire clinic visit will take about 90 minutes.

Medications

Some medications can interfere with the results of your skin testing and must be stopped days before your appointment testing can be effectively performed. Please read below the list of medications to stop before your appointment. Also, please check with your doctor, or with one of our clinic staff members, if you have concerns about stopping your medications for the desired period of time. If you find your symptoms make it very difficult to discontinue your antihistaminesmedications, please keep your appointment, but notify our staff that you are currently taking an antihistamine staff.

Antihistamines

Stop these medications for 5 days before your appointment:

  • Allegra (fexofenadine)
  • Zyrtec (ceterizine)
  • Atarax, Vistaril (hydroxyzine)
  • Xyzal (levoceterizine)

Stop these for 3 days before your appointment:

  • Actifed, Dimetapp (brompheniramine)
  • Clarinex (desloratadine)
  • Astelin (azelastine)
  • Periactin (cyproheptadine HC)
  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
  • Phenergan (promethazine)
  • Chlortrimetron (chlorpheniramine)
  • Tavist, Antihist (clemastine)
  • Claritin (loratadine)
  • Triaminic (chlorpheniramine)

Combination cough and cold medications

Stop these for 3 days before your appointment:

  • Contac
  • Sine-Aid
  • Dimetane
  • Sinutab
  • Dimetapp
  • Sinutin
  • Dristan
  • Tanafed DMX
  • Drixoral
  • Vicks Childrens Nyquil
  • NyQuil
  • Vicks Multi-Symptom/Pediatric Cold & Cough
  • Robitussin Pediatric Night Relief

Anti-nausea and Anti-vertigo medications

Stop 3 days before your appointment:

  • Antivert, Bonine, DizmissR (medclizine)
  • Bucdin-5 (bucitizine)
  • Compazine (prochlorperazine)
  • Dymenate
  • Emete-Con (benzquinamide)
  • Marezine (cyclizine)
  • Marmine, Dramamine (dimenhydrinate)
  • Tigan (trimethobenzamide)

Over the counter sleep aids

Stop these 3 days before your appointment:

  • Nytol
  • Tylenol PM
  • Quita
  • Twilite
  • Sominex
  • Unisom

Tricyclic or Tetracyclic antidepressants

Stop these 2 weeks before your appointment, but only after notifying your prescribing physician

  • Adepin (doxepin)
  • Anafranil (chominpramine)
  • Asendin (amoxipine)
  • Aventyl (nortriptyline)
  • Desyrel (trazadone)
  • Endep (amitriptyline)
  • Elavil (amitriptyline)
  • Ludiomil (maprodine)
  • Nopramin (desipramine)
  • Pemlor
  • Remeron (mirtazipine)
  • Sinequon (doxepin)
  • Surmontil (trimipramine)
  • Tofranil (imipramine)
  • Trabcioak (chlormezanone)
  • Vivactil (protriptyline)

Allergy/Asthma medications

Stop these the night before your appointment:

  • Singulair (montelukast)
  • Zyflo (zileuton)

Antacid medications

Do not take these the morning of your appointment:

  • Axid (nizatidine)
  • Zantac (ranitidine)
  • Pepcid (famotidine)
  • Tagamet (cimetadine)