Thank you for choosing Covenant Allergy and Asthma Care for your allergy and asthma needs. Dr. Raschal looks forward to meeting you and discussing your health concerns with you.
As a new patient, there are several things we need to make you aware of before your visit.
We want to make your first visit to Covenant Allergy and Asthma Care as pleasant and worry free as possible.
After you have checked in with our front desk, one of our clinical staff will bring you back to the exam suites where your height, weight, blood pressure, temperature, peak flow (a measure of breathing capability) and oxygen saturation will be assessed.
After an initial consult with one of our providers, allergy testing will typically be performed. Skin prick tests use plastic pricks that barely break the skin. There is little to no discomfort associated with this testing. Intradermal skin testing does involve using a needle to place a small amount of allergy antigen under the skin. A typical pediatric patient (less than 5 years old) may receive 10 skin pricks and four intradermal skin tests. Children older than 5 years old and adults may receive 24-47 skin pricks and 10-24 intradermal skin tests.
For pediatric patients, we will provide a prescription for EMLA Cream in your new patient packet. This is a numbing cream that desensitizes the skin so that the skin prick testing will not be as uncomfortable. Typically, EMLA cream is not required for teenagers and adults UNLESS the patient is afraid of needles.
Depending on your lung function, pulmonary function testing (spirometry) may be performed as well. This procedure evolves blowing into a device until your lungs feel as if they are empty. Our medical software will then measure your lung function as a percentage of normal.
Thank you for entrusting us with your medical care. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to seeing you!
EMLA CREAM APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
ADULTS -Apply THICK layer of EMLA cream to BOTH forearms from wrist to elbow. DO NOT RUB IN. This should be done 30 minutes prior to your appointment. Wrap treated area with plastic wrap (i.e. Saran Wrap, Glad Wrap) and secure with tape.
CHILDREN - 8 years and younger: Apply THICK layer of EMLA cream to entire back from middle of shoulder blades to just above pant line. DO NOT RUB IN. This should be done 30 minutes prior to your child's appointment. Wrap treated area with plastic wrap (i.e. Saran Wrap, Glad Wrap) and secure with tape.
CHILDREN - 8 years and older: Apply THICK layer of EMLA cream to BOTH forearms from wrist to elbow. DO NOT RUB IN. This should be done 30 minutes prior to your appointment. Wrap treated area with plastic wrap (i.e. Saran Wrap, Glad Wrap) and secure with tape.