We are currently accepting new patients with the following insurance:
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
*We will no longer be able to do allergy testing the same day for NEW PATIENTS due to insurance restrictions. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Electronic Health Records
We use EHR (Electronic Health Records) at AAIA, ensuring you that your privacy is of upmost importance to us. Request a unique user name, and create your own password in order to communicate with our office in the fastest, safest way possible. You can ask our nurses questions through electronic notes, request prescription refills, make or change appointments, review test results and update your personal information as well as insurance all through our Patient Portal.
Patient Portal Help Videos
- How to sign into your account
- How to retrieve your username
- How to retrieve your password
- IMS CarePortal: Overview – Upper and Center Panes
- IMS CarePortal: Overview – Left Pane
Two options provided for your convenience to complete Patient Forms:
- Please complete Patient Froms on the Patient Portal OR
- Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time so that your information can be entered into our system.
A small drop of allergen is placed on the skin, and a scratch is made that just breaks the surface of the skin.
What To Expect:
Mild to moderate itching of the back or arm. The test lasts 15-20 minutes. In a few cases, an intradermal injection of allergen may be placed just under the skin which can be a little more uncomfortable.
Anti-histamines (oral & nasal) need to be stopped
3-7 days prior: Benadryl (diphenhydramine), Actifed, Tavist, Drixorial, other sleep aids, Astelin (Astepro/ azelastine), Dymista, or Patanase (olopatadine). Some acid reflux medications will also need to be stopped: Zantac (ranitidine), Tagamet (cimetidine), Pepcid (famotidine).
7 days prior: Allegra (fexofenadine), Claritin (loratadine), Clarinex (desloratadine), Zyrtec (cetirizine) or Xyzal (levocetirizine)
14 days prior: Atarax (Vistaril, hydroxyzine)
Inform the nurse if you are taking a beta-blocker (blood pressure medication). Leave small children at home. If you can, wear a loose fitting shirt such as a T-shirt or tank top. We may not be able to do testing the same day as your initial appointment, and you may be asked to schedule another time.
Skin test will be reviewed with the doctor, and treatment options of environmental control, medications and/ or allergy immunotherapy (injections vs sublingual drops/ tablets) will be discussed. You should avoid exercise for approximately 2 hours after testing.
Breathing test that evaluates your total lung function
What To Expect:
You will be expected to try and blow forcefully for six seconds into a breathing device. We usually give you 3 attempts so we can get your very best effort. A report will be made and your results discussed with you.
If your breathing pattern is at its baseline, then would ask that you not use your bronchodilator (albuterol, Proair, Ventolin, Maxair, Xopenex, Serevent, Combivent) six hours before your visit. Obviously, if you feel it is needed, then use your bronchiodilator.
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