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Important information regarding allergy skin testing:
Antihistamines block production of the histamine response. These prevent symptoms of allergy and will hinder the reaction to the allergens you are being tested for. If you are taking a prescription antihistamine, you should stop taking it a week prior to your initial office visit.
To be tested on the day of your initial office visit, you need to be off of antihistamines for a week prior to skin testing.
If you cannot stop them without having severe allergic symptoms, DO NOT discontinue use until after you have consulted with your doctor.
The following is a list of the most common antihistamines:
Tylenol Children’s Cough and Runny Nose/Cold/Plus Flu
*Over the counter:
Anti-Depressants (only discontinue after consulting the prescribing physician)
If you’re unsure about a specific medication which you are taking, please call us and we will gladly assist you.
Drugs you may continue taking prior to skin testing:
Drugs used to reduce the swelling and congestion of mucus producing tissues. These do not interfere with allergy testing and may be continued. These are found in “sinus” medications. The generic names are: pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and phenylephrine tannate.
Inhaled or Intranasal Corticosteroids
You may continue taking these medications. They are used to reduce inflammation in the tissues.
Continue to take any other medications that your primary care physician has prescribed but be sure to inform the allergy clinic of all medications which you are taking. Most other prescription medications will not interfere with testing and should not be stopped without your primary care physician’s consultation.