About Your Visit

What to expect

The initial visit is a consultation visit, in which Dr. Kaufman will thoroughly listen to your symptom history, gather an understanding of relevant factors that may play a role, and perform an examination.

We will discuss and determine the best method of testing and treatment, and Dr. Kaufman will provide an explanation that is easy to understand. Our goal is for patients to leave the visit more knowledgeable of the conditions being addressed, and that all questions are answered to their satisfaction. 

In certain circumstances, allergy testing may 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. 

All patients are encouraged to bring medical records of previous allergy treatment, including prior allergy testing results, blood work, written reports of imaging, and pulmonary function tests. Please also bring a list of current or prior allergy medications and other prescriptions. 

Allergy Skin Testing

Several medications can affect skin testing responses. Antihistamines are the drugs that most commonly suppress a skin test response, though any medication that suppresses histamine will affect our ability to determine results. 

For best results from your skin test, you should avoid most antihistamines for 5-7 days prior to testing. When antihistamines are withheld for fewer days, skin test responses are often reduced.

Exceptions include hydroxyzine (Atarax), which should be stopped 10 days prior to allergy testing, and diphenhydramine (Benadryl), which can be taken until 48 hours prior to allergy testing.

Patients who are taking psychiatric medications (such as amitriptyline, quetiapine, doxepin, and imipramine) can also have skin test suppression. However, do not stop these medications without discussing this decision with a psychiatrist or primary care physician. If medications can not be stopped, alternative allergy testing methods may be considered. 

Medications that do not require stopping include asthma medications, antibiotics, decongestants that are not in combination with antihistamines, oral steroids, or medications taken for any other medical problem.