Schedule an Appointment

Dr. Kaufman is committed to giving each patient the personalized attention they need during their appointment. When the doctor is in the room with you, your questions and concerns will be answered with the same respect and patience that are given to all patients. Such personalized care can sometimes cause delays in the patient schedule, so we ask that you arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled time in order to minimize any delays.

If you have questions about an upcoming visit, or wish to make an appointment, call the Beauregard Allergy and Immunology Center.

(703) 820-7000

The Initial Visit and Testing

All patients are encouraged to bring medical records of any previous allergy treatment, including prior allergy testing results, blood work, written reports of X-Rays, CT scans, and MRI’s as well as pulmonary function tests, and current or prior allergy medications or prescriptions.

The initial visit is a consultation visit, in which Dr. Kaufman will thoroughly learn the patient’s history pertaining to the visit, other medical and surgical history, a detailed review of medications, known and suspected allergies, and any other symptoms that may be relevant. Dr. Kaufman will perform an examination, discuss and determine the best method of testing and treatment, and provide an explanation that is easy to understand. It is her goal to ensure that patients leave the visit more knowledgeable of the conditions being discussed, and that all patients’ questions are answered to their satisfaction. In certain circumstances, allergy testing will be offered on the day of the initial visit; however, more often, patients will be scheduled for a dedicated testing visit shortly following the initial appointment.

We kindly ask that patients do not take any medications that contain antihistamines or have antihistaminergic properties for at least 5 days prior to the date of allergy testing.  These medications can interfere with testing of allergies and render the skin test less reliable. If your symptoms are intolerable without these medications, please continue to take all your medications!  Your doctor will still examine you and find an alternative method of  allergy testing that does not require you to stop your medications.

Medications to be discontinued prior to allergy testing:

Antihistamines (first generation)

  • diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
  • cyproheptadine (Periactin)
  • hydroxyzine (Atarax)
  • chlorpheniramine (ChlorTrimeton)
  • OTC cold remedy medications (may contain antihistamines)

Antihistamines (second generation)

  • loratadine (Claritin, Alavert)
  • desloratadine (Clarinex)
  • cetirizine (Zyrtec)
  • fexofenadine (Allegra)
  • levocetirizine (Xyzal)

Antihistamine nasal sprays

  • azelastine (Astelin)
  • olopatadine (Patanase)
  • azelastine/fluticasone (Dymista)

Allergy eye drops

  • azelastine (Optivar)
  • olopatadine (Pataday, Patanol, Pazeo)
  • ketotifen (Zaditor, Alaway)
  • alcaftadine (Lastacaft)

H2 antihistamines

  • cimetidine (Tagamet)
  • ranitidine (Zantac)
  • famotadine (Pepcid)

Other medications

  • ​Some psychiatric medications, including tricyclic antidepressants, as well as some sleep aides (examples: Tylenol PM, Advil PM and Nyquil) can also affect the results of your skin testing. Let your doctor know if you are on any antidepressants or sleep aides before your test, but do not stop them without consulting the prescribing doctor.
  • Again, if your symptoms are intolerable, continue taking all your medications.

Do not stop taking:

Corticosteroid nasal sprays

  • fluticasone propionate (Flonase, Clarispray)
  • fluticasone furoate (Veramyst)
  • mometasone (Nasonex)
  • triamcinolone (Nasacort)
  • budesonide (Rhinocort)

Asthma medications

  • Leukotriene Antagonists
    • montelukast (Singulair)
  • Short acting bronchodilators (Rescue/Relief inhalers)
    • albuterol sulfate (ProAir, Ventolin, Proventil)
    • levalbuterol (Xopenex)
  • Inhaled steroids
    • ciclesonide (Alvesco)
    • fluticsasone (ArmonAir, Flovent, Arnuity)
    • mometasone (Asmanex)
    • budesonide (Pulmicort)
    • beclomethasone (Qvar)
  • Combination medications
    • fluticsone/salmeterol (Advair, AirDuo)
    • fluticasone/vilanterol (Breo)
    • mometasone/formoterol (Dulera)
    • budesonide/fomoterol (Symbicort)

Antibiotics

Decongestants (Sudafed, Sudafed PE, etc.)

Oral steroids (Prednisone, Medrol, Prelone, Orapred, etc.)

Please continue all other regular medications for other medical problems