Instructions for Allergy Testing


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If you are being evaluated for food and/or environmental allergy, we would like to minimize the number of visits that you need for a diagnosis to be made. The following measures will expedite your evaluation:

  • Any skin testing will require that you NOT take the following medication for 7 days prior to your visit:
    • Montelukast (Singulair)
    • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl)
    • Chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton)
    • Brompheniramine (Dimetapp)
    • Clemastine (Tavist, Antihist)
    • Cyproheptadine (Periactin)
    • Doxepin (Adapin, Silenor, Sinequan)
    • Combination Drugs (Actifed, Drixoral, Trinalin)
    • Loratadine (Claritin)
    • Fexofenadine (Allegra)
    • Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
    • Hydroxyzine (Vistaril, Atarax)
    • Azelastine nasal spray (Astelin, Asteopro)
    • Olopatadine nasal spray (Patanase)
    • Over-the-counter sleep aids

  • Previous medical records are always helpful if you have been referred from outside of Tufts Medical Center (this might include Hospital discharge summaries, Physician's Office Records, X-ray reports)

  • At your initial visit expect to spend two hours with us. We will conduct:
    • An interview regarding your medical history
    • An environmental, occupational, social and family history
    • A physical examination
    • If medically indicated: skin testing, lung function testing and laboratory tests.
    • Special procedures such as drug challenges and some drug testing and certain desensitization treatments will generally be scheduled for a future visit.

  • We kindly remind you that if you have a Co-pay it is due on the day of your visit. We accept cash, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover) and checks.