Please print the Registration Form, Patient Questionnaire Pages 1 and 2, and the Protected Health Information form and bring these with you to your first appointment with Dr. Myers.
A COMPLETE ALLERGY EVALUATION CONSISTS OF THREE VISITS
Rhonda J. Myers MD, PhD is a board certified adult and pediatric allergist and welcomes you to her office for your first allergy consultation. Depending upon the complexity of your condition several visits may be needed to fully evaluate your allergy problems. Below is a brief explanation of the initial office visits that may be needed. If you have any questions or need directions to the office please feel free to give us a call.
The initial visit consists of a detailed history and physical examination. Dr. Myers may recommend a pulmonary function test (breathing test) and other tests if needed. Dr. Myers will discuss treatment options with you.
The second visit may include skin tests to determine possible triggers of the allergic symptoms. Allergies and asthma can be triggered by many allergens, including animals, mold, mite, cockroach, pollen (weeds, trees and grasses), and foods. The first part of the skin test consists of pricking the back with individual allergens, applied by the medical assistant. This is minimally painful. After 15 minutes, Dr. Myers will review the results. If necessary, the second part of the skin testing is done “intradermally” on the upper arm(s). A positive test is a red, itchy bump.
The patient must discontinue antihistamines and any medication containing antihistamines 7 days before skin testing. Some examples of antihistamines are: Allegra (fexofenadine); Claritin (loratidine); Zyrtec (cetirizine); and Benadryl (diphenhydramine). There are many over the counter antihistamines and antihistamine/decongestant combinations. Patients taking beta blockers must speak with Dr Myers before any testing is performed. Please ask us if you have any questions about the medications you are taking.
The third visit is the Instruction visit and is devoted to discussing the test results and a treatment plan. Dr. Myers will give you a packet of information and answer your questions.