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Preparations & Precautions


If you know you are coming to The Asthma & Allergy Institute (or being referred) specifically for allergy skin testing, please note that it is recommended that patients be free of antihistamines from their system for 5 days prior to testing. This includes prescription and /or over-the-counter antihistamines(NOTE:consult with your physician before discontinuing or interupting any treatment protocol you are currently on).

You may eat a full breakfast, lunch, and dinner prior to testing. During testing, do not eat, drink, or chew anything (even gum or mints). This precaution is to ensure that any reaction you may develop is due to the testing, and not other factors. Also, let us know of any medications you have taken, particularly any antihistamines.

It is rare that anyone has any problems during the testing process. If you have any symptoms during the testing process (tingling, swelling, or any other reaction other than mild itching), please advise the testing technician. It is very rare that patients have severe reactions during the testing process, like breathing problems or anaphylaxis. As a precaution, less us know if you have a history of anaphylaxis or a sensitivity to any antigens that we will be testing. We also ask that while testing, you do not smoke or leave the building. If you need to leave the testing area, please let a technician know. If you must leave at a certain time, please tell the technicians when you begin the testing process so they can plan accordingly.

If you have any questions at any point, please ask. We are here to help you.

 


Allergy Testing:

Allergy Testing: An Overview

Intradermal Testing & Allergy Injections

Preparations / Precautions

 

 

 
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