Preparation for your allergy appointment

In preparation for your appointment, please take a few minutes to note the following important points.

Antihistamines and allergy testing

Do not give your child antihistamines for 5 days before the visit as this can interfere with allergy test results.  This includes:

  • Claratyne, Zyrtec, Aerius
  • Phenergan, Polarmine, Vallergan
  • Dimetapp, Demazin, or any other cough mixtures.

Moisturisers and Creams, and allergy testing

Do not apply moisturisers or creams to you child’s back or forearms on the day of the visit (this is where a skin test will be performed). Please continue using your creams on other parts of the body if required.

What to bring to your appointment

  1. Usual medications: including creams/ointments, inhalers, nasal sprays
  2. Fresh foods:
    • Standardised extracts are used for allergies to common allergens such as milk, egg, soy, wheat, peanut, treenuts and sesame.
    • Fresh samples of the following foods should be brought to the appointment if you think your child has had an immediate reaction to: fish (raw & cooked), prawns (raw & cooked), fruits (raw) and vegetables (raw).
    • These should be packed separately in small containers with a small (marble-sized) amount of the food
  3. Your doctor’s referral (if we do not already have this on file)
  4. Medicare card
  5. Photos (especially if you are concerned about an unexplained rash in your child)
  6. Past investigations (including skin prick test results performed by other doctors)
  7. Child’s health centre booklet containing recent height and weight measurements