Welcome to the Allergy & Asthma Clinic of East Lansing!

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to care your allergy, asthma, and immunology needs. You will find information about your appointment with us.

Preparing for your appointment

Your initial appointment with our clinic may last up to 2 hours; please notify our office regarding any conflicts. Allergy testing is performed on your first visit, following a consultation with our physician. There is a variety of allergy testing that can be performed and we will select the test that best meets your needs and symptoms.

Skin testing is a method of testing for specific allergic antibodies. A test consists of introducing small amounts of a suspected substance or allergen into the skin and observing the development of a positive reaction which consists of a swelling or flare in the surrounding area of redness. The results are interpreted in 15 to 20 minutes after the application of the test.

Prick Method: The skin is pricked with a blunt needle that has been immersed with an allergen extract.

Intradermal Method: This method consists of injecting a small amount of allergen extract into the superficial layer of the skin.

Multi-test Method: Allergen solution is placed on individual prongs of a multi-prong device that has been immersed with allergen extract and pressed firmly on the back for 5-10 seconds, then removed. This type of testing is most commonly used on children, as it is a more efficient way to test for multiple allergens at once.

Patch Test Method: Placing of a patch that contains several allergens on the patients back or forearm that is left in place for 48-72 hours. The patient will return to the clinic to have the patch removed and the results interpreted.

Medications

We ask that you refrain from any medication that contains an antihistamine at least 5 days prior to your appointment. Examples of these medications are Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin, Clarinex, Allegra, Xyzal, Astelin, and many over-the-counter cold medications. If you have any questions regarding specific medications, please contact our office. You may continue your asthma and routine medications as prescribed.

Here is a more detailed list of medications that contain antihistamines.

Scents

We ask all of our patients to refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or other strong scents such as cigarette smoke, on the day of your appointment, as several of our patients are very sensitive to odors and strong scents can be triggers for asthma attacks.

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