New Patients

Thank you for choosing Allergy & Asthma Associates.  Please take a few minutes to review the following information:

Insurances

We accept the following insurances:
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • BMC Healthnet
  • Cigna
  • Harvard Pilgrim
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medex
  • Neighborhood Health Plan
  • Tufts
  • United Healthcare
  • Many private insurances

Prior to your visit

Your Visit

You will initially meet with the physician.  If appropriate, you may have further testing:

  • Skin testing
    • Prior to testing
      • If possible, please stop any over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines for one week prior to the visit.  These include (but are not limited to): Claritin, Loratidine, Allegra, Fexofenadine, Zyrtec, Cetirizine, Benadryl, Astelin nasal spray, Patanase nasal spray, Hydroxyzine, Periactin, cough medicine.

    • The testing
      • A small drop of allergen is placed on the arms or back and a scratch is made through the drop that just breaks the surface of the skin.  You may experience mild/moderate itching at each site. After 15 minutes, the skin testing is read. If needed, further testing into the upper arms with an intradermal injection will be performed.

        If you can, please wear loose-fitting clothes such as a tank top or t-shirt. Please leave small children at home.

    • After the testing
      • You may have mild itching at the site of skin testing.  Please discuss with your doctor during your visit how you can treat this.
  • Pulmonary Function Testing (Breathing tests)
    This is a test that measures how well your lungs are working. It is usually performed on patients over 6 years of age.
    • Prior to testing
      • If possible, please do not use your rescue inhaler or nebulizer (ProAir, Proventil, Xoponex, Maxair or Albuterol) for 4 hours prior to the visit.  However, if you need to use your inhaler or nebulizer,  do not hesitate.

    • The testing
      • You will be asked to forcefully exhale into a breathing device.  To ensure your best effort, you will have three attempts.  It takes less than 5 minutes and is painless.

        If needed, the test will be repeated after you are given a dose of a rescue inhaler.