Staten Island:

Wednesday and Friday
11am - 7pm
New patients, office visits and immunotherapy shots.

Phone: 718-816-8200

Brooklyn Heights:

Tuesday and Thursday
1pm - 7pm

Phone: 718-624-6495

Bay Ridge:

Mon, Tue and Thu
1:30pm - 7pm

Phone: 718-748-7551


ALLERGY TESTING: Important things to know before testing.

We conduct allergy testing to food and environmental allergens in a multi-step fashion designed to enhance patient safety and comfort. All testing is done based on the diagnosis and needs of the patient, but often initial testing is done via a blood draw at a laboratory center affiliated with your insurance plan. These blood tests do not require fasting, and will help guide skin testing afterwards.

Skin testing consists of a small scratch via a small plastic prick, with various allergens and testing materials to determine any possible allergies. Each panel of testing takes approximately 30 minutes, and we progress in a stepwise manner to help isolate the allergies, while keeping patients as comfortable as possible and in the safest fashion.

For those patients with allergies are not picked up on blood work or normal skin prick testing, we also offer intradermal testing, which can often help find the causes of environmental allergies where other tests fail. This involves small injections under the skin of various allergen extracts. 

When you come in for skin testing please be aware that there are some limitations. Testing is not usually done for patients who are taking Beta-blocker type medications such as Atenolol, Metoprolol Bisprolol and others, due to increased risk of reactions and not being able to administer emergency care should the need arise. 


Medication interference

Some medications can interfere with the results of your skin testing and must be stopped days before your appointment testing can be effectively performed. Please read below the list of medications to stop before your appointment. Also, please check with your doctor, or with one of our clinic staff members, if you have concerns about stopping your medications for the desired period of time. If you find your symptoms make it very difficult to discontinue your antihistamine medications, please keep notify us, and we will do our best to help.


Antihistamines

Stop these medications for 5 days before your appointment:
  • Allegra (fexofenadine)
  • Zyrtec (ceterizine)
  • Atarax, Vistaril (hydroxyzine)
  • Xyzal (levoceterizine)
Stop these for 3 days before your appointment:
  • Actifed, Dimetapp (brompheniramine)
  • Clarinex (desloratadine)
  • Astelin (azelastine)
  • Periactin (cyproheptadine HC)
  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
  • Phenergan (promethazine)
  • Chlortrimetron (chlorpheniramine)
  • Tavist, Antihist (clemastine)
  • Claritin (loratadine)
  • Triaminic (chlorpheniramine)


Combination cough and cold medications

Stop these for 3 days before your appointment:
  • Contac
  • Sine-Aid
  • Dimetane
  • Sinutab
  • Dimetapp
  • Sinutin
  • Dristan
  • Tanafed DMX
  • Drixoral
  • Vicks Childrens Nyquil
  • NyQuil
  • Vicks Multi-Symptom/Pediatric Cold & Cough
  • Robitussin Pediatric Night Relief


Anti-nausea and Anti-vertigo medications

Stop 3 days before your appointment:
  • Antivert, Bonine, DizmissR (medclizine)
  • Bucdin-5 (bucitizine)
  • Compazine (prochlorperazine)
  • Dymenate
  • Emete-Con (benzquinamide)
  • Marezine (cyclizine)
  • Marmine, Dramamine (dimenhydrinate)
  • Tigan (trimethobenzamide)
  • Over the counter sleep aids
Stop these 3 days before your appointment:
  • Nytol
  • Tylenol PM
  • Quita
  • Twilite
  • Sominex
  • Unisom


Tricyclic or Tetracyclic antidepressants

Stop these 2 weeks before your appointment, but only after notifying your prescribing physician
  • Adepin (doxepin)
  • Anafranil (chominpramine)
  • Asendin (amoxipine)
  • Aventyl (nortriptyline)
  • Desyrel (trazadone)
  • Endep (amitriptyline)
  • Elavil (amitriptyline)
  • Ludiomil (maprodine)
  • Nopramin (desipramine)
  • Pemlor
  • Remeron (mirtazipine)
  • Sinequon (doxepin)
  • Surmontil (trimipramine)
  • Tofranil (imipramine)
  • Trabcioak (chlormezanone)
  • Vivactil (protriptyline)
  • Allergy/Asthma medications
Stop these the night before your appointment:
  • Singulair (montelukast)
  • Zyflo (zileuton)


Antacid medications

Do not take these the morning of your appointment:
  • Axid (nizatidine)
  • Zantac (ranitidine)
  • Pepcid (famotidine)
  • Tagamet (cimetadine)