What to expect at your initial appointment

S

outh Florida Allergy & Asthma Specialists provides in depth and thorough evaluations and quality medical care for both adults and children of all ages. Each and every exam and immunotherapy visit is conducted by our board-certified medical doctor, never a nurse or nurse practitioner. The most important part of your appointment at our office will be the history of symptoms that you present to our physician. A new patient visit with Dr. Stabile will typically range from 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Once you have scheduled your initial appointment, we will invite you to log into our secure Patient Portal, through this website, to enter your health history electronically and to e-sign the privacy forms. Doing so will save time and paper at your office visit!

For those patients who desire allergy testing at their initial visit, we advise discontinuing use of any antihistamines approximately 7 days prior to your appointment with Dr. Stabile.

Common antihistamines include:

  • Clarinex, Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec, Actifed, Atarax, Benadryl, Contac, Deconamine, Dimetapp, Periactin, Phenergan, Rynatan, Triaminic, Xyzal
  • Decongestant/antihistamine combination medications
  • Prescription nose spray antihistamines Astelin, Azelastine, Dymista and Patanase
  • Any over-the-counter allergy medicines or cold & cough remedies (such as Nyquil)
  • Any over-the-counter sleep aids − they usually contain sedating antihistamines
  • Some medications for dizziness (such as meclizine), which can also contain antihistamines
  • Certain heartburn and reflux medicines, such as Zantac and Pepcid

Patients should continue to take, as prescribed, the following medications:

  • All of your other non-allergy medications
  • Antibiotics
  • All asthma medications
  • Oral steroid/prednisone
  • Prescription nose sprays, with the exception of nose sprays listed above
  • Decongestants that are not combined with an antihistamine