Welcome, New Patients!
This section provides some tips for new or prospective patients. Here are some frequently asked questions. You may also make a new patient appointment on line.
It always takes so long to fill out forms on the first visit to a doctor (or if it has been 3 or more years since the last visit).
New patients may save time by downloading the new patient registration form and completing it prior to arrival. Click below to view the form and then print, fill out, and bring to the office. Note the other form you must bring is the privacy (HIPAA) form below.
For your convenience, we offer our version of the HIPAA privacy form online. By clicking on the icon below, you may print it from your computer and fill it out on paper before your visit. Then simply bring the signed last page (page 4).
What else should you bring on your first visit?
Please bring all your medicines, especially if there are many different ones. This includes all the bottles, syrups, nasal sprays, eye drops, inhalers, and topical (skin) medicines you are taking or have taken recently. If this is not practical, it is helpful to bring a list.
We highly recommend that any relevant old records from prior or current physicians, especially allergy or asthma related treatments, be collected in advance. A form to request records will be available from your physician, or you may use our form, also located with more information in the privacy section.
Should you stop taking antihistamines before visiting the allergist?
There is no simple answer to this question. If you expect you may need to have allergy skin testing performed on your first visit, and it is safe for you to hold your antihistamines for at least 3 days or up to 7 days before the visit, then stopping the antihistamine may save you a visit later. However, it cannot always be guaranteed that time will be available on your first visit to do the testing. Rarely, you might be taking other medicines that have hidden antihistamine properties that would still interfere with allergy testing anyway. If you are not sure or there is any doubt, it is always best to keep taking usual medicines until you are seen.
Should you take your albuterol (or similar rescue inhaler) before visiting the allergist?
This also has no simple answer. Most importantly, if you need a dose of the albuterol, then take it as you usually would for your asthma! If you are expecting to have a pulmonary function test on your visit, it can be helpful to do your first one without a recent dose of albuterol. But, again, safety is most important; always take your medicine as directed.