What to Expect on Your First Visit
We look forward to meeting you on your initial visit in our office.
Please allow for up to an hour for your initial appointment. We know that every patient is different and has specific needs, and we always strive to provide you with personal, individualized attention.
While our goal is to see patients at their scheduled appointment time, our doctors can occasionally be called into an emergency or to see a patient with a medical emergency. If an emergency arises, we will do our best to notify you prior to your appointment; however, that is not always possible. Your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.
The practice of ENT and allergy often requires specialized testing and equipment to thoroughly examine and properly diagnose a patient’s complaint. However, all of these methods are not always necessary in every consultation. Medical techniques vary depending on the individual needs of the patient and the nature of the complaint.
Therefore your appointment may include allergy testing, lung function testing and/or nasal-sinus endoscopy. You may also need certain blood tests from the laboratory (Both Quest and Labcorp have a location in our office building.)
IMPORTANT! Please stop certain medications 4 days before your visit for allergy testing
Antihistamines and other medications with antihistamine-like effects will interfere with skin testing.
- Antihistamine tablets, capsules, or liquids, with or without decongestants eg. Benedryl (Dyphenhydramine), Allegra (Fexofenadine), Zyrtec(Cetirizine), Claritin (Loratidine), Dymista nasal spray.
- Over the counter allergy medicines, cold or cough remedies.
- Antidepressant medications called “tricyclic antidepressants”.
- Over the counter sleeping aids, as they usually contain an antihistamine (eg. Dyphenhydramine)
- Nasal sprays such as Atrovent, Flonase, Nasocort, Nasonex, and Rhinocort and other generic nasal steroid sprays do not interfere with skin testing and may be taken up to the time of skin testing. The only nasal spray that must be stopped before skin testing is Dymista.
To make your first visit go as smoothly as possible, please review the list below and collect the following information to bring to your visit:
- Driver’s license or another form of picture ID
- Health Insurance Card/Information
- A copy of any referral form you may have received from your referring practitioner.
- A list of all medications you are currently taking
- A copy of your XRAYS / CT scans (if possible, please not just the paper reports but the actual films as well on CD) related to the condition you are seeing us for.
- A copy of any pertinent blood or other laboratory tests
- Copies of records from doctors related to your ENT or allergic condition, or any other records related to the problem you are seeing us for
- A list of your questions /concerns
In addition, if possible, please download, complete and bring with you the following:
You may also email them to Admin@sfentallergy.com
Please Note: There will usually be a co-pay due at the time of your visit.