Preparing for Your First Visit

Thank you for choosing East Memphis Allergy and Asthma. The following information should answer questions regarding your first appointment in our office.

Prior to your first visit, we ask that you complete an allergy questionnaire and a patient information or demographic sheet. You will also be asked to read and sign our financial policy. These forms may be downloaded and completed prior to your visit by clicking here . The forms will also be mailed to you.

Please plan to be in the office for 2 to 3 hours during your first appointment. The first visit is very thorough in order to make the most accurate assessment and provide you with an effective treatment plan. During the visit, your allergist will perform a thorough history and physical examination. Based on this information, the doctor will determine whether or not diagnostic tests are necessary. These tests may include skin testing for allergy and pulmonary function tests (breathing tests).

Skin testing is the most common tool used by allergists in the diagnosis of allergy. It allows us to determine if your symptoms may be due to allergies and exactly what things you may be allergic to. "Prick" testing involves a slight puncture of the skin and is the most common form of testing that we use. Intradermal testing (small injections just under the skin) may be performed if indicated.

In order to perform skin testing, you will have to be off of antihistamines for 3 to 7 days. We try to do most of our testing on the first visit so please review the following list of antihistamines carefully. If there are questions about medications please call our office at 755-0550.

We have DVD players available for educational videos and to help entertain our younger patients during lengthy first visits. Please feel free to bring your child's favorite DVD.