Your First Visit

What to Expect

Sniffling, sneezing, itching, hives, coughing, stuffiness... any of these could be the symptoms of an allergy. But what are you allergic to? You may think you know, but oftentimes the only way to find out for sure - and to get the latest treatment - is to go to see an allergist. What can you expect when you go? Join our panel of allergists to find out they do all day, and whether you should think about paying a visit. Topics will include:

What to Bring

Patients are encouraged to bring medical records of any previous allergy treatment, including written reports of x-rays, CT scans, MRI's as well as pulmonary function tests, prior allergy testing and laboratory results.

For patients with sinus problems, a list of all medications such as antibiotics (taken in the past year) would be very helpful.

When do you know you have to go to an allergist? How do you find one? What can an allergist do that other doctors can't? What are some of the tests that an allergist may perform? We'll also pay a visit to Dr. Nejat's office, and take some tests ourselves -- join the fun!
Skin Testing

After your history and physical exams, we will do a skin test to see what kind of allergy signs you have. Skin tests are performed on your arm, if possible. Initially, you will roll up your sleeve, and the area will be cleaned off with alcohol. The doctor will make specific marks - specific scratches with different antigens - on your arm. We will test a panel of indoor and outdoor allergens that patients in this region of the country are allergic to, including dust, roaches, dogs and the most common food allergens, such as soy, peanut, wheat and egg white. Then, we will wait 20 minutes to see if there's a reaction to these substances.

Your First Visit to the Allergist

Interview with Dr. Nejat about what to expect during Allergy testing.