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Why an allergist? An allergist is a doctor specially trained and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and related conditions. These include asthma, hay fever, sinusitis, rashes, hives and certain kinds of allergic reactions to foods, insect stings and drugs.

Every board-certified allergist first completes at least three years of specialty training in either internal medicine or pediatrics, and then completes an additional training program of two or more years studying the diagnosis and treatment of allergic and related diseases. Certification by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology requires not only approved training, but also successful completion of a challenging written examination. Every board-certified allergist thus has credentials in at least two specialties and is qualified to care for both children and adults.

As a result, the board-certified allergist-immunologist has the advanced training and expertise in the techniques of finding out what is causing an allergic reaction and how best to solve the problem.

Patient Information

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.


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)

Insurance Accepted

  • 1199
  • Aetna
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Americhoice
  • Amerigroup
  • Cigna Healthcare of New York, Inc.
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Emblem Health Plans: GHI-PPO, GHI-HMO, HIP
  • Health Plus
  • MagnaCare
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan/PHCS
  • United Healthcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • The Empire Plan
We are adding new insurances every day, if yours is not listed, please call us for more details.


Dr. ShuYung James Wu

Name ID #
1199 National Benefit Fund 1306990726
Aetna 9086881
Cigna Healthcare of New York, Inc 8660425
GreatWest Healthcare  
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield 528CM1
Emblem Health Plans:
     GHI HMO

Fidelis 120426000059
First Health Networks 3904358
Healthfirst 253362-A11
Liberty Health Advantage  
MagnaCare 452207163
MultiPlan/PHCS 452207163
Beech Street  
United Healthcare GRP ID 3418282
Oxford Health Plan- FREEDOM P4533999
Americhoice Community & State 100341828301
The Empire Plan 452207163

Dr. Rao Yalamanchili

Name ID #
1199 National Benefit Fund 452207163
Aetna 4235757
Cigna Healthcare of New York, Inc 8381734
GreatWest Healthcare  
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield 3J2051
Emblem Health Plans:
     GHI HMO

PRIS 25051P
Fidelis 120411000061
First Health Networks 529715
Health First 116820-A11
Health Plus Amerigroup 000433004376
MagnaCare 452207163
Medicare A100061632
MultiPlan/PHCS 452207163
Beech Street 452207163
United Healthcare GRP ID 3418282
Prov ID 399559
Community/ Americhoice  
Oxford Health Plan- FREEDOM P4452585
The Empire Plan 452207163