Initial Appointment Overview
Plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time for registration. You will need to complete both the new patient form and the environmental survey prior to your appointment. Also, bring insurance card(s) and picture ID (if minor, will need responsible parent ID).
Also, please complete the Notice of Privacy Practices:
Notice Of Privacy Practices
Dr. DeTorres takes great pleasure in seeing all of his new patients, however due to scheduling conflicts or other unforeseen circumstances, one of our qualified physician assistants would be happy to see you.
Please allow 1 ½ to 2 hours for your consultation/allergy testing. All antihistamines must be stopped 3-4 days prior to this appointment, as they block your response to testing. Antihistamines are medications used to treat allergy symptoms, such as Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin and over the counter cold/allergy medications. Also included are some stomach medications such as Pepcid and Zantac. If you are not sure about a medication, please call our office before stopping them.
If you are experiencing hives, you may stay on your antihistamines.
A complete medical report of our findings and treatment recommendations will be sent to your primary physician.
In the event that all your studies show that allergic factors are not significant, recommendations will be made that may alleviate your symptoms.
ALL INSURANCE COMPANIES ARE DIFFERENT WITH REGARDS TO TESTING, SPECIALIZED TREATMENTS/PHYSICIANS; ALWAYS CHECK WITH YOUR CARRIER REGARDING COVERAGE FOR ALLERGY CONSULT AND TESTING.
Allergy skin testing is done to find out exactly what things a person may be allergic to. There are two types of testing:
- Percutaneous (scratch) test. In this test a tiny drop of a possible allergen is pricked into the skin. This is the most common type of skin test.
- Intracutaneous test. A small amount of the possible allergen is injected under the skin through a thin needle.
If you are sensitive to any of the allergens, a small red bump appears on the skin where that allergen was placed, and this area may be itchy. The larger the bump the more sensitive you may be to it.
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