We specialize in the evaluation and treatment of children and adults with allergies, asthma, and related immunologic disorders. We offer allergy skin testing, injection therapy, and pulmonary function testing. We would like to share some information with you to help you prepare for your appointment.
What To Expect
When you arrive, please register at the front desk of our clinic. We will ask you to complete the Allergy Questionnaire. If you like, you can find a copy on your Allergist’s Quick Links or Forms tab on their My Doctor Online home page that you can complete and bring to your appointment.
Our medical assistant will begin your visit by taking your temperature, blood pressure, height, and weight. Patients with asthma, chronic cough, or asthma-like symptoms may require a peak flow or a spirometry.
Your doctor will review your electronic medical record before meeting with you. During your visit, we will talk about your symptoms and concerns, and the doctor will examine you. We will discuss testing needed to provide us with the necessary information to best treat your symptoms. This may include breathing tests, allergy skin testing, blood tests, or even an x-ray. If your doctor orders skin testing for you, we will make every attempt to do it during your first visit.
If testing is done at your appointment, the appointment may take up to 2 hours. Please allow time in your schedule for this. If this is not possible, we will schedule a separate appointment for allergy testing.
In preparation for skin testing, please do not take any antihistamines for 5 days prior to your appointment. During skin testing, a small amount of antigen/allergen is placed on either your lower arm or upper back with a disposable plastic pricking device. Once the test is applied, you will be asked to wait in our waiting room for 20 minutes before the nurse records your results. This waiting time may be used to view an educational allergy video or administer a treatment if necessary. A parent or guardian must be present for the entire appointment if you are under 18.
If you are unable to stop your antihistamines due to hives or severe allergy symptoms, please let us know. In some cases, allergy testing can be done by blood tests even if you have had an antihistamine the same day.
Please call us at 650-742-2147 if you have any questions about your upcoming comprehensive allergy clinic visit or if you need to change your appointment.
We look forward to your visit and hope your experience here is helpful.
How To Get Care
We are a Referral Only department. If you are experiencing allergy symptoms, please contact your personal physician or nurse practitioner, or call the Advice Nurse through the Primary Care Call Center at 650-742-2100. If you do not have a personal care provider, contact Member Outreach at 650-301-4727. For recurrent or ongoing problems that are already under treatment in our department, call us directly to schedule an appointment.
Allergy Shot Hours
9 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday
10 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. and 2 to 6 p.m.
Injections on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month start at 11 a.m.
Wednesday and Friday
No allergy shots available