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Stop taking antihistamines four days before your first visit to see an allergy specialist at Children’s Hospital. Many people use generic so check for the actual drug name in parentheses below.
The most common antihistamines are:
To help your first visit be as helpful as possible, you should bring:
The first visit can last up to 2 hours.
The doctor will do:
To test for inhalant allergens — pollens, animals, or molds — we do a skin allergy scratch test.
We use a small piece of white plastic to lightly scratch the top level of skin. It doesn't bleed or leave a lasting visible mark.
If the scratch test is positive, a hive the size of a mosquito bite forms. This may last at least an hour.
Drawing blood to test for allergies may be easier than a scratch test for some children.
The advantage of blood testing is speed.
The disadvantages are:
Testing for stinging insect and drug allergies takes more time. We often can't do this test at your first visit.
We will make a diagnosis and give you a treatment plan. We'll also take the time for patient and family education where you'll have the chance to ask questions.
To make an appointment for allergy testing or care, call 412-692-5630.
Children's Hospital's main campus is located in the Lawrenceville neighborhood. Our main hospital address is:
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
One Children’s Hospital Way
4401 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
In addition to the main hospital, Children's has many convenient locations in other neighborhoods throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.
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