New Patient Information
Welcome to Atlanta Allergy & Asthma. Your time is very important to us, so to help make your first appointment go as smoothly and quickly as possible, we’ve provided some information especially for our new patients.
Your First Appointment
- Print and complete each of the forms below and bring them with you to your appointment.
- Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of your scheduled appointment time to complete the registration process.
- Bring your most current insurance card, as well as your photo ID.
- If needed, obtain referral from Primary Care Physician. You may also fax this in advance to 678.742.3330
For your convenience, we accept cash, checks, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. You will be expected to pay any applicable co-payments and/or deductibles at the time of service.
This appointment time has been reserved especially for you. If you are unable to keep your appointment, kindly let us know at least 24 hours in advance so we can make the slot available to someone else.
Information for Allergy Testing Appointments
We look forward to seeing you at your upcoming testing appointment. Please review the information below to ensure your appointment runs smoothly.
- It is important to be on time for your skin test appointment. If you arrive late, we may be unable to test you due to time constraints. Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete the registration process. (Note: our clinics are closed for lunch from 12–1pm, you will not be able to enter the office prior to 1pm.)
- If your insurance requires a referral, please make sure we have it in advance of the appointment. Referrals may be faxed to: 678.742.3330. On the day of the appointment, please bring insurance card, photo ID, and form of payment.
- Allow 2–3 hours for skin testing. You will discuss the results as well as treatment options with your physician after testing is complete. When children are being tested, it’s a good idea to bring items to entertain them throughout the process (books, toys, coloring books, iPad).
- DISCONTINUE ALL ANTIHISTAMINES SEVEN (7) DAYS PRIOR TO TESTING. Antihistamines will block the skin test reaction and may prevent accurate test results. (See detailed list of medications.) This includes any allergy, cough, cold, “nighttime” or sleep-aid medications. Bring a list of any OTC or prescription medications you are currently taking.
- Wear comfortable clothing. Keep in mind that our staff will need access to your back and arms, so do not wear a one-piece outfit.
- It is recommended you eat prior to your skin test appointment. Because we treat patients with severe food allergies, we do not allow food in the clinics.
- Please avoid wearing scented sprays, lotions, and perfumes as they may cause reactions in sensitive patients.
- Skin testing is a simple series of tiny scratches made on your back with a plastic instrument that has small toothpick-like prongs each containing trace amounts of a single allergen. Your doctor determines the number of tests done according to your medical history and symptoms. Skin testing is not painful but can be somewhat uncomfortable.
- After skin prick testing some patients may also receive intradermal testing. With intradermal tests, a small amount of the allergen is injected under the skin of the arm to see if it causes a reaction.
- Swelling or redness at the skin test sites may appear several hours after testing. These “delayed reactions” do not have any significance and are no reason for concern. Any itching associated with these reactions can be managed with steroid creams and antihistamines. These symptoms may persist for several days.
Special COVID Protocols
- Per CDC guidance for medical facilities, please continue to wear face coverings while in our offices.
- Limit the number of guests that accompany the patient to the office.
- If you are experiencing any flu-like symptoms, please call to reschedule your appointment.
Appointment Cancellation Policy
This appointment time has been reserved especially for you. If you are unable to keep your appointment, kindly let us know at least 24 hours in advance so we can make the slot available to someone else. Failure to do so may result in a cancellation fee.
Perfumes and Colognes
Many of our patients are extremely sensitive to odors. Out of consideration for these patients, please do not wear perfumes, colognes, or scented lotions while in the office.
Out of courtesy for our patients who have food allergies, please do not bring food on the day of your visit unless specifically instructed by an Atlanta Allergy & Asthma staff member.