Patient Instructions for Allergy Testing

Skin Testing & Intracutaneous Testing Instructions

  • 1. Schedule an appointment on-line or with our receptionist by phone
  • 2. Three (3) days or 72 hours before your testing appointment is scheduled, please stop taking the following medications :
    • Antihistamines
    • Decongestant / antihistamine combination medications
    • Astelin, a prescription nose spray antihistamine
    • Any over the counter allergy medicines, cold & cough remedies
    • Any over the counter sleep aids, they usually contain a sedating antihistamine
    • Vitamin C, if you are taking 1000 mg or more: large doses act as a natural antihistamine

    (If you are not certain if you are taking a product that contains an antihistamine, ask your pharmacist or call this office.)
  • 3. Please Note you should continue to take as prescribed the following medications :
    • Antibiotics
    • All asthma medications
    • Prescription nose sprays, with the exception of Astelin, which is an antihistamine
    • Decongestants that are not combined with an antihistamine
  • 4. Please dress accordingly: the 1st phase of testing (prick tests) are done on the forearm and the 2nd phase of testing (intradermal tests) are done on the upper arms.

Patch Test Instructions

  1. The test will be applied to the upper back area
  2. Please notify us if you are pregnant
  3. To prevent excessive sweating please refrain from exercising, performing hard work, taking a shower or hot bath. You may take a tepid bath. Do not get the patch test area wet.
  4. Do not take any cortisone medicine during the test. Call if you have any questions about your medications. You must be off oral cortisone (prednisone) for at least 2 weeks prior to this test.
  5. Avoid exposure of the back to the sun.
  6. Do not remove the patch.
  7. Do not rub or scratch the application zone. Itching is an indication of a positive response and scratching might alter the test result.

Food Patch Testing Instructions

Please bring the following items to your first patch food test

Jarred Baby foods:

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Lamb
  • Ham
  • Beef
  • Sweet Potato
  • Green Beans
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Squash
  • Carrot
  • Peaches

If you have any questions contact our office at 212-686-6321.

Monday (Patches applied) Wednesday (Patches removed 48 hr reading) Thursday-Friday (72 hour reading by doctor results discussed) Day 7 may be required for reactions which are equivocal at 72-96 hours

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Immunotherapy is a process in which an allergic patient can become desensitized to those pollens and inhalants that trigger allergic rhinitis (nasal congestion), allergic conjunctivitis and asthma as well as those insects that can potentially cause anaphylaxis.

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