For details see: What to expect at the New Patient appointment

WELCOME!

We are honored that you have chosen Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center to become a member of your healthcare team. We look forward to caring for you and/or your family. Our providers are trained and experienced in the treatment of asthma, allergies, eczema, hives, and immune system disorders for both children and adults.

We strive to make your visit a pleasant one and make every effort to be timely. Your appointment time has been reserved exclusively for you. Therefore, we respectfully request that you notify us as soon as possible if you are unable to keep your scheduled visit. Please note that a minimum of 24 hours is required to avoid the late cancellation/no show fee. (See our attached Financial Policy.) If you are late for your appointment, we may ask you to reschedule to another day.

We highly encourage you to call your insurance company to verify your allergy benefits along with any limitations you may have on your policy.

We require that a parent or legal guardian be present for the initial new patient appointment. We understand that there may be extenuating circumstances that make this difficult so please notify us ahead of time. Foster parents must provide legal documentation showing they have authorization from the state to obtain healthcare, including allergy testing.

Please use the checklist below to ensure that we will have all the information needed for your initial evaluation.

We look forward to meeting you!

 

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3 days before your appointment: Please discontinue antihistamines to allow for skin testing. See Table on the back. If your condition is bothersome enough to prevent you from stopping antihistamines for the suggested time period, we ask that you keep your scheduled appointment to discuss alternative medications or testing options.

DO NOT STOP asthma medications such as asthma pills (montelukast/Singulair), inhalers, prednisone/prednisolone/methylprednisolone or other steroid medications.

DO NOT DISCONTINUE antidepressants or psychotropic medications without consulting with your prescribing physician.

þ 1 day before your appointment: Please discontinue histamine blocking reflux medications.
þ Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time to complete paperwork.

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þ Allow 1-1/2 to 2 hours for a New Patient appointment.
þ Bring your photo ID such as driver’s license or identification card, insurance card, co-pay, and credit card to keep on file.
þ Bring a current list of all prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and supplements with the dosages that you take.
þ Bring a copy of any relevant medical records with you such as hospital records, previous allergy testing, radiology and/or laboratory results.
þ Bring address and telephone number of your referring doctor or primary care physician.
þ Wear comfortable clothing to allow for skin testing. This is generally done on the forearms, upper arms, or the back.
þ Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center is fragrance-free. We kindly ask you to refrain from wearing any perfume or scented products to your appointment.
þ Please do not eat/snack while in the office.

 

ANTIHISTAMINES

Please refrain from taking oral/nasal spray/eye drop antihistamines for at least 3 days prior to new patient appointment or skin testing appointment. CHECK THE GENERIC NAME OF ALL OF YOUR MEDICATIONS as the can interfere with allergy skin testing.

Many over-the-counter sleep aids and cold/cough medications contain antihistamines. Ask your pharmacist or call and speak to one of our nursing staff if you are unsure if a medication you are taking is an antihistamine.

  • azelastine (ASTELIN, ASTEPRO, DYMISTA nasal sprays, OPTIVAR eye drops)
  • brompheniramine (BROMPHED, DIMETAPP)
  • cetirizine (ALLERTEC, ZYRTEC, ZYRTEC-D)
  • chlorpheniramine (CHLOR-TRIMETON, TRIAMINIC)
  • clemastine (ALLERHIST, CONTAC-ALLERGY, TAVIST, WAL-HIST)
  • cyproheptadine (PERIACTIN)
  • desloratadine (CLARINEX)
  • diphenhydramine (BENADRYL, DIPHEDRYL, ADVIL PM, TYLENOL PM, ZzzQUIL)
  • doxepin (SINEQUAN)
  • doxylamine (ALKA-SELTZER PLUS, NYQUIL, UNISOM)
  • fexofenadine (ALLEGRA, ALLEGRA-D)
  • hydroxyzine (ATARAX, VISTARIL)
  • levocetirizine (XYZAL, XYZAL-D)
  • loratadine (ALLERCLEAR, ALAVERT, CLARITIN, CLARITIN-D)
  • meclizine (ANTIVERT, BONINE)
  • olapatadine (PATANASE nasal spray, PATANOL/PATADAY/PAZEO eye drops)
  • promethazine (PHENERGAN)

Some acid-reflux medications also block histamine and should be stopped 24 hours prior to your appointment if possible:

  • cimetidine (TAGAMET)
  • famotidine (PEPCID)
  • ranitidine (ZANTAC)

Please complete our New Patient Packet prior to your appointment.  You can either email it back to us at forms@nwasthma.com or bring it in with you to your appointment.

If this appointment is for Vocal Chord Dysfunction, please refer to the VCD information