If you are being evaluated for food 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:
- 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.