Pierre-Alain Dauby, M.D. FAAAAI
During your visit, allergy skin tests may be applied to help determine your suspected allergy (food allergy, insect allergy, environmental allergies, or medication allergy). This type of test is quickly performed, is very well tolerated by even small children. In order to be able to perform a skin test, you must stop your antihistamines a certain amount of time before your test date. Medications that should be stopped before skin testing or other procedures such as a medication or food challenge include:
Antihistamines to be stopped 7-14 days prior to your appointment:
Antihistamines should be stopped 5-7 days prior to your appointment:
Note: Antihistamines are found in many over the counter medications, including Tylenol Allergy, Actifed Cold and Allergy, Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold with Cough Formula, motion sickness medications, and many others. In addition some supplements contain Quercetin which is an antihistamine. Make sure you read check the ingredients carefully and stop those containing antihistamines a good 7 days prior to the appointment.
Nose sprays and eye drops to stop 5 days prior to your appointment:
Medications to stop 3-5 days prior to appointment:
If in doubt, feel free to call us to determine what you need to do with your medications before your appointment.
You do NOT have to stop Singulair (monteleukast) or steroid nasal sprays. Examples of steroid nose sprays include Flonase (fluticasone), Nasonex, Nasacort AQ (triamcinolone), Rhinocort AQ (triamcinolone), or Veramyst.
DO NOT STOP YOUR ASTHMA MEDICATIONS!
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