How To Collect Your Allergy Specimens

If you are coming for seasonal allergies, such as allergies to trees, grasses, or weeds, please collect a sample of the pollen outside your home or place of work. You can do this by soaking a piece of cloth the size of a handkerchief or napkin in water and placing it outside to dry. Once it is completely dry, place it in a plastic bag and bring it with you to your appointment.

If you have allergy symptoms in your home, you can also place a wet cloth in any room of the house in which you are having symptoms. Also bring with you a sample of dust from inside the house. If you use a vacuum cleaner to clean your home, you can bring a small sample of dust and dirt taken from inside the vacuum cleaner bag. If there are household cleaning items that you react to, bring them with you to your appointment. If you wake up in the morning with a stuff nose, please bring your pillow.

If you have food allergies, bring small samples of any foods that you think you may have allergies to.

If you have a pet, please bring a sample of its hair and any toy it may play with, especially one that it has been chewing on.