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Every antihistamine is to be held for 72 hours unless specified by a *.
** Hold for 48 hours after discussing with ordering physician.
Wording that indicates medicine that may contain an antihistamine.
There are many generics for the above medications. If the patient was prescribed an oral medication for cough or allergies that are not on the above list and you are unsure if it may contain an antihistamine, please ask the pharmacist or call our department at 215-590-2549.
Inhaled medications and nasal sprays EXCEPT ASTELIN do not contain antihistamines.
A parent or legal guardian should accompany your child to provide an accurate history, consent and support for the child. If your child will be brought to her appointment by someone other than a parent or legal guardian, they must bring a letter of authorization (written permission).
The written permission must have the name of the patient, the name of the designated adult and a statement that there is no court order pending. It must be witnessed by two other adults (other than those already named on the written permission form).
You should plan that your visit will take longer than you expect, especially if this is your child's first visit. The first visit will include:
You should be sure you know the plan for your child's care before you leave the office. Will there be another appointment and when? Who do you call if you have questions once you get home? How will information get to your referring physician, another medical specialist, or your insurer? The members of your child's care team should be able to answer these and other questions you may have during your first appointment.
Your child's follow-up visit will include time for a history and physical examination. Depending on what was done during the initial visit, the follow-up visit may include selected tests and procedures (e.g., allergy skin tests or breathing tests in our office), discussion of your child's diagnosis, an outline of the treatment strategy and some educational materials.
If you are anticipating allergy skin testing during your follow-up visit, please refrain from giving your child any antihistamines for 72 hours. Please refer to our antihistamine avoidance list for more information.
Be prepared to update any information, such as your address, primary care provider and insurance information. If you have HMO insurance, remember to bring your referral. Your referral should be specific for what that visit will involve, such as skin testing, spirometry, allergy extract and injection.