Division of Allergy and Immunology Your Visit

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Planning ahead and being prepared for your visit may help ease the way and help decrease your wait time. Filling out paperwork below before your appointment assists us in making sure that your appointment is as productive as possible.

Checklists and forms for your Allergy and Immunology visit

Below we have provided a useful checklist and forms to help you prepare for your appointment.


Checking in upon arrival

When you arrive to your appointment, please check in at the front desk. There, one of our staff will verify your personal information and collect the co-payment for your visit. You will then be asked for the Allergy New Patient History Form and the Asthma Control Test form if you have ever been diagnosed with asthma. To save time at check-in, print and fill out these forms ahead of time and bring them with you.

Your Visit

An evaluation may takes one or two visits to the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Program.

  • The first visit can take 2 to 4 hours.
  • Allergy skin testing, breathing tests, blood tests, or other tests may be completed.
  • Allergy testing for medications (penicillin and other antibiotics), vaccines, or stinging insects will be scheduled after your first visit on a different day.

Please do not give your child any medications that contain antihistamines before the visit.

  • Stop 10 days before the visit: loratidine (Alavert, Claritin), fexofenadine (Allegra), desloratidine (Clarinex), clemastine (Tavist), hydroxyzine (Atarax) or cyproheptadine (Periactin)
  • Stop 14 days before the visit: cetirizine (Zyrtec) or levocetirizine (Xyzal).
  • Stop 3 days before the visit: non-prescription cold or allergy medicine such as Diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Pediacare), Chlorpheniramine (Actifed, Triaminic) Brompheniramine (Dimetapp) and many others.
  • DO NOT STOP other medications prescribed by your doctor
  • Please call the Allergy Program and ask to speak with a nurse if you are:
    • unable to stop the antihistamines
    • not sure whether your child's medicine contains antihistamines

You may be asked if you are willing to have your child participate in a clinical research study or clinical trial. All clinical research is approved by the Boston Children’s Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB). Participation in any research study at Children’s Hospital is always voluntary.

After your child's visit

After one of our providers has seen you, please make sure you get your:

  • Prescriptions refilled
  • School, camp or work forms
  • Additional testing visits and/or follow-up appointments scheduled at the front desk
  • Access to the patient portal in case you want to see your clinical notes, lab results or contact your provider

At any time, please do not hesitate to ask one of our staff for assistance or information.

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