Where are WellNow Allergy clinics located?
Once patients receive their personalized immunotherapy plan, they have the option to schedule their follow-up shots and visits at a growing number of WellNow locations in Western New York.
Who should visit WellNow Allergy?
Children and adults interested in allergy testing and allergy immunotherapy as a way to treat and significantly reduce allergy symptoms. At this time, WellNow Allergy tests for and treats seasonal and environmental allergies, including common indoor and outdoor allergens such as tree and grass pollens, mold, dust and pets.
Do you accept insurance?
Most insurances accepted. Exclusions do exist. Please call your insurance company to confirm WellNow Allergy is covered under your plan.
Do I need an appointment and/or referral to visit a WellNow Allergy clinic?
Appointments are required for an initial consult, and are easy to book online. Referrals may be required. Please contact your insurance company for more information.
Follow-up allergy shots are available at any WellNow Urgent Care center in Western New York. Appointments are encouraged, walk-ins are available. For your convenience, appointments can be scheduled up to 3 months out at the center of your choice!
What can I expect when visiting a WellNow Allergy clinic for the first time?
Your first appointment will last about 45 minutes. During your visit, you will meet with Dr. Lomas, our Director of Allergy & Immunology, and complete a skin prick test, sometimes known as a scratch test, to identify what environmental allergies you may have. Based on the results, Dr. Lomas will create and review your personalized immunotherapy plan with you.
How should I prepare for my visit at a WellNow Allergy clinic?
Please bring your ID and your insurance card, if applicable.
Before visiting a WellNow Allergy clinic for your first visit, it is important to stop certain medications. Please see below for details.
If you are unable to stop a medication prior to testing, or if you have a question about one of your medications please call our office.
- One (1) week before your skin testing appointment: loratadine (Claritin), cetirizine (Zyrtec), fexofenadine (Allegra), desloratadine (Clarinex) and levocetirizine (Xyzal).
- Three (3) days before your skin testing appointment: Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), which includes over the counter cough and cold medications containing diphenhydramine, and sleep aids such as Tylenol PM or Advil PM.
- Two (2) days before your skin testing appointment: Antihistamine nasal sprays (azelastine, Astelin, Astepro, Patanase) and allergy eye drops (azelastine, olopatadine, tetrahydrozoline, naphazoline).
- All types of inhalers can be continued. Steroid nasal sprays (such as Flonase, Nasacort, Rhinocort, Nasonex, Qnasl) can also be continued.
Many prescription medications also have antihistamine properties and can interfere with testing. These include some anti-depressants and anxiety medications (amitriptyline, quetiapine, doxepin, and imipramine, hydroxyzine) as well as some appetite stimulants like cyproheptadine (Periactin). Please consult with the prescribing doctor prior to stopping any medication.
Higher doses of certain stomach acid medications including cimetidine, famotidine and ranitidine can also suppress skin testing responses. Please avoid taking these for one (1) day before to your test.