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Allergy Clinic

The Grande Prairie PCN Allergy Clinic operates  every Wednesday at the Grande Prairie PCN. To access Allergy Clinic services, speak to your family physician about allergy testing.

New Patients

ALLERGY CLINIC PATIENT INFORMATION

Please ensure you read the following information carefully in preparation for your skin testing appointment.

APPOINTMENT POLICY

If for any reason you need to cancel or re-arrange your appointment please ensure you give us a call (780-539-9204 between 0830 at 1630 Monday to Friday) providing us with as much notice as possible. Unfortunately, if you do not attend your appointment without prior contact with us a $100.00 fee will be charged to rebook your next appointment.

We request that you do not bring small children with you when you are scheduled for a skin test unless accompanied by another adult who will wait in reception with the child.

APPOINTMENT PREPARATION

DO NOT USE

  1. Prescription or over the counter oral antihistamines should not be used 4 to 5 days prior to your scheduled appointment for skin testing. These include cold tablets, sinus tablets, hay fever medication, or oral treatment for itchy skin, over the counter allergy medications such as Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra, Actifed, Dimetapp, Benadryl, and many others. Prescription antihistamines such as Clarinex and Xyzal should also be stopped at least 5 days prior to testing. If you have any questions whether or not you are using an antihistamine, please talk to the nurse or doctor. In some instances, a longer period of time off these medications may be required.

  2. You should discontinue your nasal spray and eye antihistamine medications, such as Patanase, Pataday, Astepro, Optivar or Astelin at least 2 days before your testing. In some instances, a longer period off these medications may be required. If you have any questions please ask the nurse or the doctor.

  3. Medications such as over the counter sleeping medications (e.g. Tylenol PM) and other prescribed drugs, such as amitriptyline hydrochloride chloride (Elavil, Hydroxyzine (Atarax), doxepin (Sinequan), and imipramine (Tofranil) have antihistaminic activity and should be discontinued at least 2 weeks prior to receiving a skin test after consultation with your physician. Please make sure the doctor and the nurse are aware of the fact that you are taking these medications so that you may be advised as how long prior to testing you should stop taking them.

  4. Some medications used to treat acid reflux or heartburn can interfere with allergy testing.  These include medicines such as Zantac, Pepcid or Ranitidine.  Stop taking these medications at least 2 days prior to allergy testing

 

YOU MAY CONTINUE TO USE

  1. Intranasal allergy sprays such as Flonase Rhinocort, Nasonex, Nasacort, Omari's, Vermis and Nasal.

  2. Asthma inhalers (inhaled steroids and bronchodilators), Leukotriene antagonists (e.g. Singulair, Accolate) and oral Theophylline (Theo-Fur, T-Phyl, Uniphyl, Theo-24, etc.) do not interfere with skin testing and should be used as prescribed.
     
    Most drugs will be administered at this medical facility with a physician and or other health care provider present since occasional reactions may require immediate treatment. These reactions may consist of any or all of the following symptoms: itchy eyes, nose or throat; nasal congestion, runny nose, tightness in the throat or chest; increased wheezing; light-headedness; faintness; nausea and vomiting; hives; generalized itching and shock, the latter under extreme circumstances.

Please ensure you let the physician and nurse know if you are pregnant or taking beta-blockers. Allergy skin testing maybe postponed in the unlikely event of a reaction to the allergy testing.

Please note that these reactions rarely occur but in the event of a reaction, the staff are fully trained and emergency equipment is available.

After skin testing, we will consult with your physicians who will make further recommendations regarding your treatment.

If you have any question regarding your appointment or if you need to cancel or re-arrange your appointment please call the Grande Prairie Primary Care Network (780-539-9204) between 0830 at 1630 Monday to Friday.