Your First Visit

What to Expect at Your First Food Allergy Visit:

Freedom Allergy offers comprehensive evaluation and management of food allergies.  We offer any of the following at your initial allergy visit.

  • Detailed history, including medication review.
  • Review of previous skin test or blood test results.
  • Review of previous health conditions, including hospitalizations or emergency visits for allergies.
  • Order allergen-specific IgE levels, if needed.
  • Skin testing, if needed.
  • Identify food allergens and severity.
  • Anaphylaxis plan (avoidance and management), including use of epinephrine auto injector.

What to Expect at Your First Asthma Visit:

Even with asthma, you can live a normal and active life, and sleep through the night without interruption from your breathing. Here are some possibilities you may expect during your first asthma visit.

  • Detailed history, including medication review.
  • Review of previous health conditions, including hospitalizations or emergency visits for asthma.
  • Pulmonary function testing.
  • Skin testing, if needed, to evaluate for allergic components of your asthma.
  • Creation of a plan for optimal asthma control.

Patient Forms

  1. New Patient Packet (Online form)
  2. New Patient Packet (PDF)

If you would like to transfer your prior medical files to our office, please fill out this Medical Records Request Form (PDF) and send it to your physician.

Medications to Avoid Before Skin Testing

Antihistamines will affect the results of skin prick tests and need to be stopped before the testing is completed in order to get accurate results.

  • Please stop oral antihistamines for at least 3 days before your appointment:
    • Zyrtec® (cetirizine), Xyzal (levocetirizine), Claritin® (Loratadine), Allegra® (fexofenadine) Clarinex® (desloratadine)
    • Atarax®, Vistaril® (hydroxyzine)
    • ChlorTrimeton® (chlorpheniramine)
    • Dimetapp® (brompheniramine)
    • Phenergan® (promethazine)
    • Tavist®, Antihist®, Dayhist® (clemastine)
    • Combination medicines: Actifed®, Aller-Chlor®, Bromfed®, Drixoral®, Dura-tab®, Novafed-A®, Ornade®, Poly-Histine-D®, Trinalin®
    • Benadryl® (diphenhydramine)
    • Sleep aides (examples: Unisom, Tylenol® PM, Advil® PM and Nyquil™)
  • If you are taking an oral antihistamine that is not listed stop the medicine at least 3 days before your appointment. If you are not sure if the medicine you are taking is an antihistamine, ask your doctor. Some over-the-counter cold and flu medications contain an antihistamine, so be sure to read labels carefully.
  • Local antihistamines (Examples: azelastine (nose or eye), olopatadine (eye)) should be stopped 2 days prior to your appointment. 
  • The following reflux medications should be stopped 2 days prior to your appointment.  If you are on a different reflux medication, it does not need to be stopped.
    • Axid® (nizatidine)
    • Pepcid® (famotidine)
    • Tagamet® (cimetadine)
    • Zantac® (ranitidine)
  • Some psychiatric medications, including tricyclic antidepressants (eg. amitriptyline doxepin, nortriptyline), can also affect the results of your skin testing. Let your doctor know if you are on any antidepressants or sleep aides before your test, but do not stop them without consulting the prescribing doctor.
  • It is OK to continue to take all your other medicine as you usually do. Inhaled steroids used for asthma,  nasal steroids (eg Nasacort, Flonase, Nasonex) as well as Singulair (montelukast) will not interfere with the results of your skin testing and may be continued.  
  • High dose oral steroids may effect skin test results, but do not stop any oral steroid medications unless advised by your physician 
  • Do not apply lotions or creams to your back the day of your appointment.

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna (Commercial & Medicare Advantage)
  • Alliant/Solocare
  • Ambetter (Marketplace Exchange)
  • Amerigroup (Medicaid)
  • Anthem BCBS (Commercial)
  • CareSource (Medicaid & Marketplace)
  • Cigna (Commercial)
  • Clover Health (Medicare Advantage)
  • Friday Health Plans (Exchange)
  • Humana (Commercial & Medicare)
  • Kaiser (Commercial & Medicare)
  • Peach State (Medicaid)
  • Sonder
  • United Healthcare (Commercial,  Exchange & Medicare Advantage)
  • Wellcare (Medicare Advantage)