New Patients

We are very pleased that you have selected Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Center of Alaska for your allergy/immunology assessment. This introduction to our clinic is designed to inform you about our background and policies, and familiarize you with some of the tests and treatments we use for allergies and asthma.

We are ready to help you with a wide variety of allergy, asthma, and immunology problems, including: allergic rhinitis (hay fever), asthma, food allergy, immunodeficiencies (chronic infections), bee/wasp/yellow jacket/ant venom allergy, latex allergy, reactions to medications (e.g. penicillin or local anesthetics), reactions to immunizations, urticaria (hives) and angioedema, allergic fungal sinusitis, as well as other allergy related problems.

How to Prepare for your Appointment

What to Expect

Please allow 3 hours for your first appointment. Your visit includes a comprehensive history intake, exam, possible skin testing & diagnostic procedures and education. If you need to cancel or change an appointment, please call us as soon as possible. We do charge for missed appointments.

Medications to Hold for your Appointment
Skin testing may be necessary during your evaluation but the results may be blocked by certain substances; we request that NO MEDICATION WITH AN ANTIHISTAMINE EFFECT BE TAKEN FOR 72 HOURS PRIOR TO YOUR APPOINTMENT. 

This includes (but not limited to):
  • Actifed
  • **Allegra (fexofenadine) (7 days), 
  • Antivert (meclazine), 
  • Astolin Nasal Spray, 
  • Atarax (hydroxyzine) 
  • Atrohist 
  • Axid (Nizatidine) 
  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine) 
  • Bromfed (brompheniramine) 
  • Chlor-Trimenton (CTM) (chlorpheniramine) 
  • Cimetidine (Tagamet) 
  • **Claritin (Loratidine) (7-14 days) 
  • Comhist 
  • Contact 
  • Deconamine 
  • Demazine Repetabs 
  • Dimetane 
  • Dimetapp (diphenhydramine) 
  • Disophrol 
  • Dramamine 
  • Dristan 
  • Drixoral (dexbrompheniramine) 
  • **Hismanal (astemizole)(4-6 weeks) 
  • Histalet Forte 
  • Isoclor 
  • Naldecon 
  • Novafed A 
  • Novahistine 
  • Optimine (azatadine) 
  • Omade 
  • Pepcid (famotidine) 
  • Periactien (cyproheptadine) 
  • Phenergan (promethazim) 
  • Poloramine (dexchlorpheniramine) 
  • Pyribenzamine (PBZ) 
  • Ranitidine (Zantac) 
  • Rondec (carbin oxamine) 
  • Rutuss II (hysocyamine/propanolamine) 
  • Rynatan 
  • **Seldane (terfenadine)(7 days) 
  • Tacaryl (methdilazine) 
  • Tagamet (cimetidine) 
  • Tavist (clemastine) 
  • Teldrin 
  • Triaminic 
  • Trinalin 
  • Vistraril (hydroxyzine) 
  • Zantac (ranitidine) 
  • Zyrtec (7-14 day) 

Some muscle relaxers, some antidepressants and motion sickness medications will also affect testing. Please call for clarification. Many over-the-counter medications for colds or over-the-counter sleeping pills contain antihistamines. Asthma medications do not affect skin testing and should be continued as directed. When in doubt call the clinic ahead of time.

Please bring any previous allergy evaluations/therapy, from other medical facilities.
If any problems arise - particularly if you will be unable to keep your appointment - PLEASE call the Clinic at 562-6228 so that we may reschedule your visit and enable other patients to use the appointment time.

** Requires a longer period of withholding medication