What to Expect as a New Patient at Cookingham Beene Allergy & Asthma Associates in Clarkston, MI, and our other locations
Allergy and Asthma Evaluations
What to Expect
New patient and follow-up appointments are available at all office locations. New patient evaluations include a history and physical exam performed by the physician. Based on the physician’s initial assessment, pulmonary function testing and allergy skin testing may be performed. If X-rays or blood tests are necessary, the patient will be referred to an appropriate diagnostic center. The new patient evaluation may take 1–3 hours depending on tests performed. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled to review the test results and formulate a treatment plan. Treatment may include allergen avoidance, medication, and allergy injections.
Please Note the Following
Antihistamines and some stomach antacids may interfere with allergy skin testing. Allegra/fexofenadine, Zyrtec/cetirizine, Xyzal/levocetirizine, Claritin/loratadine, Clarinex/desloratadine, and Atarax/hydroxyzine should be stopped one week before allergy testing. All other antihistamines should be stopped two days before testing. The following stomach antacids should be discontinued two days prior to allergy testing: Zantac/ranitidine, Tagamet/cimetidine, Pepcid/famotidine, and Axid/nizatidine. Do not stop asthma medications or steroids. Do not stop any other medications.
There are insurance plans with which we participate. Please call our office to see if we accept your plan. It is important for you to verify in advance the benefits of your current insurance policy with your insurer, including deductible, copay, and allergy service coverage. If your insurance plan is an HMO, it is your responsibility to obtain a referral in advance of your appointment. Please call our office for our fee schedule. We accept cash, check, Visa, and MasterCard.
To schedule an appointment at any of our offices, please call:
Port Huron: 810-985-6800
Flint, Birch Run, and Fenton: 810-733-3200