How can I test for allergies?
There are many different ways to
test for allergies, each with their advantages and disadvantages. One
method is through blood laboratory testing (IgE immunocap) testing.
While this can be a useful way to test for allergies, especially in
young children, the results are not as accurate as other forms of skin
testing. Additionally, results may take several weeks to obtain.
Skin testing methods (either
skin-prick, serial endpoint titration, patch testing, or modified
endpoint titration testing) can be performed in the office and will
give immediate and more accurate test results. This involves small
needle pricks or injections and are not often tolerated by small
How do you treat allergies?
Allergies are best treated by a
combination of approaches. First avoidance of the triggering allergens
will help to reduce symptoms and prevent flare-ups or reactions.
Secondly, optimizing medications and prescriptions (anti-histamine
pills, nasal steroid sprays, eye drops) will reduce symptoms. Finally,
the best treatment is immunotherapy to try to desensitive the body over
3 to 5 years and “get rid” of your allergies. This is
accomplished either through weekly to bi-weekly allergy shots or
through daily allergy drops underneath the tongue at home.
What do I need to do to prepare for allergy testing?
Please read the instructions below to prepare for your allergy testing visit with us.
ALLERGY TESTING INSTRUCTIONS
• Please wear short sleeves.
• No Antihistamines or
Aspirin for 5-7 days preceding the test. Also see list of drugs
below that interfere with allergy testing. Check with your Primary
Physician before stopping any medications.
• No herbal supplements or
herbal teas/Green tea 5-7 days preceding the allergy test.
See page below.
• If you require medical or translation needs then someone may accompany you.
• If you have any questions, please call the office 703-723-8727.
DRUGS THAT INTERFERE WITH ALLERGY TESTING
THE MOST COMMON ALLERGY MEDICATIONS TO AVOID PRIOR TO ALLERGY TESTING
Afrin Nasal Spray
Astelin Nasal Spray
MAO INHIBITORS: Must be off for 5-7 days prior to testing and then possibly off
permanently. A patient cannot be given adrenaline while on MAO
Inhibitors it will provoke hypertensive crisis. Please check with
your Primary Care Physician prior to discontinuing medications.
Eutron (Pargyline & Methyclothiazine)
ANTIHISTAMINES & DECONGESTANTS: Must
be off 5-7 days prior to testing. This list is not all
inclusive. Please call if you have any questions on Medications.
Tavist I, Tavist D
Please refrain from taking all cold
medications, nose drops and sprays, cough medications, cough drops and
other antihistamines of any form.
H2 ANTAGONISTS: Anti-nausea and Reflux medications. Should be off 5-7 days prior to testing
BETA-BLOCKERS: must be off 5-7 days prior to testing
Blocarden (Timolol Maleate)
Brevibloc (Esmolol HCL)
Cartrol (Carteolol HCL)
Corzide (Nadolol & HCTZ)
Inderid (Propranolol & HCTZ)
Kerlone (Betaxolol HCL)
Levatol (Penbutolol Sulfate)
Lopressor (Metoprolol Tartrate)
Normodyne (Labetolol HCL)
Normozide (Labetolol & HCTZ)
Sectral (Acebutolol HCL)
Tenoretic (Atenolol & Chlorthalidone)
Timolide (Timolol & HCTZ)
Toprol XL (Metaprolol Succinate)
Trandate (Labetolol HCL)
Ziac (Bisoprolol & HCTZ)
TRiCYCLIC ANTIDEPRESSANTS: should be off
3-6 weeks prior to skin testing and then may continue after testing.
Please consult with your prescribing doctor before stopping
Adapin (Doxepin HCL)
Apo-Trimip (Trimipramine Maleate)
Aventyl (Nortriptyline HCL)
Etrafon (Combination Drug)
Impril (Imipramine HCL)
Limbitrol (Combination Drug)
Pamelor (Nortriptyline HCL)
Sinequan (Doxepin HCL)
Surmontil (Trimipramine Maleate)
Trofanil PM (Impramine HCL & Pamoate)
Triadapin (Doxepin HCL)
Trialic (Combination Drug)
Tripramine (Imipramine HCL)
Triptil (Protriotyline HCL)
Vivactil (Pritroptyline HCL)
ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS: Must be off 5-7 days prior to skin testing and then may continue for immunotherapy
Excedrin (PM, cold and sinus) medications
HOMEOPATHIC REGIMENS: Must be off 5-7 days prior to skin testing
Any questions regarding your medications please contact your Primary Care Physician
Or call our office.
**RETEST PATIENTS BE ADVISED**
DO NOT take your allergy shot 2 weeks prior to testing.
DO NOT take your allergy drops for 1 week prior to the testing.