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Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect in the first 4 hour visit?

Answer:  After vital signs are taken, a thorough history is gathered from the patient. At that time, the provider will determine which tests, if any, need to be performed to make an appropriate diagnosis. The patient could possibly have any or all of these:  allergy testing, pulmonary function studies, a CT scan of the sinuses and a chest x-ray. After testing is performed, the patient has a consultation with the healthcare team for further discussion, education and a treatment plan.

Will my insurance pay for the services done at A.S.A.P.?

Answer:  Most insurance plans cover the visit with a co-payment or co-insurance percentage due from the patient. The testing done here may be subject to a deductible or co-insurance percentage.  Insurance benefits vary from employer to employer. We advise all patients to check their benefit handbook for specifics. Our staff can assist you with any other questions you may have.

Do I need a referral from my insurance company?

Answer: Your insurance plan may require a referral or authorization. Insurance benefits vary from employer to employer. Please check your own benefit handbook.  It is ultimately the patient's responsibility to gather necessary referrals here. Our staff can assist you with any other questions you may have regarding insurance referrals. We recommend that all of our patients become established with a primary care physician.

Do I have to refrain from eating before my visit?

Answer: Patients may eat before their visit unless instructed not to as with the preservative challenges.

Should I take a bath before my first visit?  I was told to refrain from wearing fragrances.

Answer:  Patients may take a bath or shower before their initial visit. We ask patients and family members to refrain from wearing fragrances for the benefit of the other patients that may be allergic to perfumes and chemicals.

How is allergy testing done?

Answer:  Allergy testing, also known as skin testing, is done by placing small amounts of environmental allergens [trees, grasses, dust, mold, pet hair, etc] on the inside of the forearms. It is usually done in two stages. The first stage tests for severe allergies and uses lancets that prick the skin. The second stage tests for mild/moderate allergies and allergens are injected under the skin like the tuberculin skin test. The tests are interpreted after 15 minutes.

What medications do I need to refrain from taking before my visit?

Answer:  We ask new patients to refrain from taking medications containing antihistamines before their initial visit. [A list of antihistamines can be found by clicking here]. The reason for this is to get an accurate allergy test reading as the antihistamine can block the normal histamine reaction in a person's skin.  Do not stop other medications without first consulting your doctor.

What is the youngest age of a patient that you can see at A.S.A.P.?

Answer:  Most providers can see children as young as 5 years of age.  Please see the physician listing for more details.

Are your physicians board certified?

Answer:  Yes. All of our physicians are board certified.  [Please click here for more physician credentials.]

I have hives.  What can you do for me?

Answer:  Often the exact cause of hives cannot be determined, however, the goal is to control the hives with medications and avoidance should the offending factor be identified.

What other specialty testing can you do at A.S.A.P.?

Answer:  Sometimes it is appropriate to test for other allergens besides airborne pollens. We can test for some such as stinging insects, molds, foods, preservatives or a very limited number of medications. These tests are NOT usually done on the first visit and require special consideration with specific physicians.

I think I may have something wrong with my sinuses.  Can I just see one of your Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) doctors first?

Answer:  Our two ENT surgeons are happy to see patients with specific sinus problems. However, they request that possible medical treatments and options first be explored with the allergy team prior to being seen by the ENT surgeons.

What are your shot room hours?

Answer:  Our shot room hours are 7:30 AM to 5:15 PM Monday through Thursday; and 7:30 AM to 11:45AM on Fridays. Our shots are given on a walk-in basis and we do not require appointments for allergy shots. The shot room is closed for lunch 12:00-1:00 PM with the last morning shot given no later than 11:45AM. We offer convenient, 30-minute curbside parking for our shot patients.

2611 West End Avenue, Suite 210
Nashville, TN 37203


To schedule an appointment please call
(615) 936-2727 or toll free 1-866-390-0379

Vanderbilt A.S.A.P. Clinic Hours
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Allergy Shot Room Hours
Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
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