Scheduling Your Appointment
When you make your appointment, ask if there are any special instructions for preparing for your appointment. Our doctors will have specific paperwork to fill out. If testing may occur during your first appointment, you may be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for a certain period of time before your arrival. You’ll also be asked not to take any allergy medicines for a 48 hours leading up to your appointment.
During Your Visit
Your doctor will likely compile a complete family medical history, so it’s important to have as much information as possible about your family history of allergies, especially if your allergies are food-related.
You will be asked a series of questions about your own medical history as well, including any childhood allergies you might have had. Bring along any medical records you have or, if your doctor is referring you to a specialist, ask for those records to be transferred prior to your visit. This will help our docs get a good idea of any lifelong problems that might have led to the problems you’re having today.
Your doctor may ask you what kinds of medications you have tried for your allergy symptoms in the past, and if any of these have been successful in managing your symptoms. It might be helpful to bring any creams, sprays, ointments, or medications you have tried in the past for the doctor to review during your visit.
Arrive at your appointment prepared to ask questions of your own. It might help to compile a list of questions you have for your physician in the days prior to your appointment.