INFORMATION FOR NEW ALLERGY FIRST PATIENTS
How long will my allergy appointment take?
Your allergy appointment and allergy testing will take approximately 1.5 hours. The appointment includes a comprehensive allergy consultation with a doctor, allergy skin prick testing or allergy patch testing, and interpretations of results. If required follow up appointments will be made in addition to dietitian support.
Will the test hurt?
Our allergy tests resemble a mosquito bite in sensation and as such are suitable for young children (from the ages of 2 and over).
Is it safe?
Overall allergy testing skin/ prick testing is very safe.
Skin prick testing can carry a very small risk of an allergic response and in extremely rare circumstances can cause anaphylaxis. Do not worry our clinic is well prepared and equipped to support such circumstances.
How do I prepare for my allergy appointment?
Please stop taking (if possible) any medication which can interfere with the skin prick testing:
Antihistamines – stop taking (consult your physician before ceasing use) 5 days prior to your appointment (Antihistamines interfere with our allergy testing)
Oral steroids – stop taking (consult your physician before ceasing use) 7 days prior to your appointment (topical and inhaled steroids can be continued to be used).
Certain antidepressants, cold and flu medications, and blood pressure medications (Beta blockers) can also interfere with your allergy testing. Please inform us if you are currently taking those medications when booking your appointment
Supplements - Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs can also interfere with your allergy testing. Please inform us if you are currently taking those supplements when booking your appointment
Nasal sprays, antibiotics, and asthma medications should not be stopped and will NOT interfere with your test
Please notify us if you are pregnant