Allergy and Asthma Program Your Visit

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Planning ahead and being prepared helps ease the way and decrease your wait. Filling out paperwork and faxing your insurance information before your appointment assists us in making sure that your appointment is as productive as possible.

Other important things to bring with you include:

  • Your child’s medical records, including a growth chart and immunization records. You can ask your child’s or list of the medications your child takes at home primary care doctor for this information.

  • Recent x-rays, blood test and skin test results.

  • A list of the medications your child takes at home.

  • Everything you use on your child’s skin.

  • The name and complete address of your child’s primary care provider and anyone else to whom you would like a report sent.

  • Toys and books to keep your child busy during your visit.

If your child is taking medications, it is important you follow these directions:

  • Stop the following medications 7-10 days before your child’s visit:

  • Stop Zyrtec 10-14 days before your child’s visit.

  • Stop antihistamines at least 3 days before your child’s visit. Antihistamines are found in many non-prescription cold or allergy medicines. Examples include the following: 

    • Actifed

    • Benadryl

    • Dimetapp

    • Pediacare

    • Triaminic

  • If you do not know whether your child’s medicine contains antihistamines, ask the pharmacist or call us at 617-355-6117 and ask to speak with a nurse.

  • Do not give your child asthma medications (bronchodilators) on the day of the visit unless your child is coughing or wheezing. Examples include the following:

    • Albuterol

    • Maxair

    • Proventil

    • Ventolin

    • Xopenex

    • Do not stop other medications prescribed by your doctor.

    • Other asthma medications and antibiotics should be given as usual.

    • If you are unable to stop any medications, or your child develops symptoms while off medications, please call us at 617-355-6117 and ask to speak with a nurse.

    • If your child has trouble breathing, or is having an allergic reaction, call 911 and take him or her directly to the nearest emergency department.

    Evaluation

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    • The first step in this process involves a comprehensive consultation with a physician or nurse practitioner who will ask questions and do a physical examination. Laboratory tests such as x-rays, allergy skin testing, breathing testing and blood tests may also be performed during this time.

    • Keep in mind that the initial evaluation can take 2 to 4 hours, which may occur over the course of one or more visits.

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    Long-Term Care and Management

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    • Regular follow-up visits may be needed to monitor your child’s health. Our comprehensive treatment focuses on all aspects of allergies.

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    Forms

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    Please fill out the following forms prior to your visit to the Allergy and Asthma Program:
    Allergy New Patient History Form

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    Important Numbers at Boston Children's

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    • For scheduling /canceling appointments, to speak to a nurse or to request prescription refills: (617) 355-6117

    • Allergy/Immunology: (617) 355-6117

    • Emergency Room: (617) 355-6611

    • Allergist-on-Call: (617) 355-6369

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    If your child has trouble breathing, or is having an allergic reaction, call 911 and take him or her directly to the nearest emergency room 

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