+Which is better – blood or skin testing?
Both skin and blood testing are effective ways to get answers as to the causes of allergies. Both of them have benefits, both of them have shortcomings. Skin testing is done in the office, answers are available within 15-20 minutes, it’s painless and costs less money. Blood testing does not require that you stop allergy medication, and requires a tube of blood to be drawn and can process a large amount of information.
+What kinds of allergy testing do we do?
Skin Prick Testing, Specialty Testing for antibiotic drugs, medications, venoms, Intradermal Testing, Patch Testing
+Is there anything that can be taken to help relieve allergies for the 5 days prior to the appointment with no antihistamines in them?
Prescription Singulair, Nasal Sprays (steroid and decongestants)
+What if I can’t stop my antihistamines for 5 days prior to my appointment for allergy testing?
Keep appointment and we will discuss a plan with how to proceed with care for current symptoms until testing can be completed, or plan to have labs done if needed.
+Why is it so important for me to get records from my previous allergist when I just want to get re-tested and start from scratch?
In order to compare results of tests previously done and monitor progression of allergies. Treatment of food allergies, in addition levels of allergens may change over time and it is helpful to review medications that have been used in the past as well as labs that have been done in the past.
+Why is having a referral sent to our office important, even when you have a PPO?
We like to communicate with your primary care provider and other health care providers.
+Why do I need to fill out new patient paper work when I have seen Dr. Miller previously? (w/CARDC)
The Allergy Station @ SACENT needs to have updated information and Dr. Miller can only access previous records with your permission.
+Why does an allergy testing appointment take an hour to hour in a half?
Many reasons, including: Patient needing evaluation with a provider (ask questions, review health, perform physical exam, breathing tests) as well as testing, such as skin prick testing (which takes ~ 30 minutes). Intradermal testing may be an added test, spirometry testing and review of test results as well as discussion of plan of care can all take time.
+Can a Nurse Practitioner do allergy testing?
+Why do you want to take my picture?
We take photographs of our patients to protect their identity. It ensures that your photo matches your id. This also prevents patients from someone fraudulently using their insurance. All information is HIPAA protected.
+Why must I bring in my photo ID and insurance card?
To verify the identity of the person at the appointment and to confirm that insurance is information is current and correct.
+Are we part of Sutter (epic system)?
Yes. We are a Sutter Independent Provider. We are able to see tests, notes, etc., but we need to “build a profile” and can access Sutter through Sutter Connect.
+What if I can't make my appointment?
Your appointment time is valuable and has been reserved specifically for you. If it is necessary to reschedule your appointment, please provide us with 48 hours notice. Patients failing to notify us when unable to make an appointment will be required to provide a $50.00 non-refundable deposit prior to scheduling another appointment.