Before You Come

Before you consider coming to an allergy specialist, you or someone in your family will have been experiencing some form of allergic problem.  Your doctor will have taken a history, examined you and perhaps provided some treatment. Commonly these problems include:

  • Food allergies  causing rashes, urticaria and sometimes more severe reactions
  • Dermatitis which can be caused by your allergies or things you may come into contact with during the day
  • Food sensitivities or intolerances
  • Rhinitis, a blocked and/or runny nose with sneezing and nasal itching often accompanied by itchy eyes and sometimes asthma
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Chronic hives or urticaria

Of course there are many other conditions not in this list, but these are the common problems that require specialist allergy review.

 

 

Making an Appointment

Dr Falk is a medical specialist, therefore you will need a referral from another doctor to claim your rebate from Medicare.

Once you have a referral you can make an appointment. This can be done online or by phone.

Once you have an appointment you will be asked to complete a form with your details. This will take about 5 minutes and allow thing to run more smoothly on the day of your appointment.

A few days before your appointment you will receive an SMS or email to confirm your appointment.

If, at any time you have any questions about the appointment, what testing is to be done or any other concerns, please feel free to phone the office or email us.

 

 

Stop Antihistamines a Few Days Before the Appointment

Many patients will need to have skin prick tests to determine if you have allergies and if so what you are allergic to.  If you have been taking antihistamines you will need to stop taking them at least three days before the appointment so that these tests can be done.

Commonly available antihistamines are Telfast, Zrtec, Claratyne, Polaramine and Phenergan. Many cold and flu treatments also contain antihistamines and these should also be stopped.  If you are not sure if the medication is an antihistamine then please contact us to confirm whether or not the medication should be stopped ahead of time.

If stopping a medication, even for a short time, leads to significant discomfort, then either contact us to discuss your concern or continue the medication as there are other ways to deal with the problem and make a diagnosis.

 

 

On the Day of Your Appointment

Transport & Parking

On the day of your appointment, it is best to be organised.

The offices are on Christie Street, close to St Leonards Railway station, but on the opposite side of the Pacific Highway.

It is easy to arrive by car and you can park in one of the following locations:

  • Metered street parking in and around Christie Street though the amount available is variable.
  • Wilson Parking Station at 80 Christie Street and you can park casually or pre-book.
  • Park in the building by pre-booking with Park Monkey.