Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect in the first four-hour visit?

After your vital signs are taken, you will be asked to share a thorough medical history. Your provider will then determine which tests, if any, need to be performed to make an appropriate diagnosis. You may need any or all of these tests or procedures: allergy testing, pulmonary function studies, a CT scan of the sinuses and a chest x-ray.
After testing, you will have a consultation with the healthcare team for further discussion, education and to establish a treatment plan.

Will my insurance pay for services at A.S.A.P.?

Most insurance plans cover the visit with a co-payment or co-insurance percentage due from the patient. The testing done here may be subject to a deductible or co-insurance percentage. Insurance benefits vary from employer to employer. We advise all patients to check their benefit handbook for specifics. Our staff can assist you with any other questions you may have.
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Do I need a referral from my insurance company?

Your insurance plan may require a referral or authorization. Insurance benefits vary from employer to employer. Please check your own benefit handbook. It is ultimately the patient-s responsibility to gather necessary referrals here. Our staff can assist you with any other questions you may have regarding insurance referrals. We recommend that all of our patients become established with a primary care physician.

Should I refrain from eating before my visit?

Patients may eat before their visit unless instructed not to as with the preservative challenges.

How is allergy testing done?

Allergy testing, also known as skin testing, is done by placing small amounts of environmental allergens [trees, grasses, dust, mold, pet hair, etc.] on the inside of the forearms. It is usually done in two stages. The first stage tests for severe allergies and uses lancets that prick the skin. The second stage tests for mild/moderate allergies and allergens are injected under the skin like the tuberculin skin test. The tests are interpreted after 15 minutes.

What medications do I need to stop taking before my visit?

We ask new patients to refrain from taking medications containing antihistamines before their initial visit. Download the Adult New Patient Packet for a list of medicines. Antihistamine-containing medicines may interfere with your allergy test readings as the antihistamine can block the normal histamine reaction in a person-s skin. Do not stop other medications without first consulting your doctor.

What is the youngest patient that you can see at A.S.A.P.?

Most providers can see children as young as 5 years of age. Please see the physician listing for more details.

Are your physicians board certified?

Yes, all of our physicians are board certified.

I have hives. What can you do for me?

Hives can often be controlled effectively, if not cured. Common myths about living with hives include that they are caused by multiple allergies, requre a highly restrictive diet, or need many tests to diagnose. We help individuals with chronic hives to control their conditions through treatment plans that often include medication, such as omalizumab (xolair), which is FDA approved for treating hives.

What other specialty testing can you do at A.S.A.P.?

Sometimes it is appropriate to test for other allergens besides airborne pollens. We can test for some such as stinging insects, molds, foods, preservatives or a very limited number of medications. These tests are NOT usually done on the first visit and require special consideration with specific physicians.

I think I may have something wrong with my sinuses. Can I just see one of your Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors first?

Our ENT surgeon is happy to see patients with specific sinus problems. However, they request that possible medical treatments and options first be explored with the allergy team prior to being seen by the ENT surgeon.

What are your shot room hours?

No appointment is necessary for allergy shots. Hours are:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday:
7:30 am - 4:30 pm (last shot given at 4:10 pm)
7:30 am - 11:45 pm (last shot given at 11:25 am)