Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions for New Patients
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
- Medicare card
- Your referral from your medical practitioner (this is essential to receive a medicare rebate and to ensure good communication)
- If you have details of the ingredients of the food and you still have the suspected packaging.
- A list of your usual medications
Can I still take my antihistamines?
Please do not take any antihistamines for the three days prior to your appointment. This includes the medications listed:
- Fexofenadine (eg. Telfast)
- Cetirizine (Zyrtec)
- Loratidine (Calratyne)
- Desloratidine (Aerius)
- Promethazine (Phenergan)
- Dexchlorpheniramine (Polaramine)
- Cyproheptadine (Periactin)
These medications interfere with skin prick testing. However, if you have daily symptoms, or your symptoms become considerably worse off antihistamines, please do not stop them. We may not need to do these tests and if we do, we have other options for testing. It is more important to be able to sleep and function properly.
Do not stop any other regular medications.
How long will my appointment take?
What costs are associated with my appointment?
Payment is required in full on the day of appointment. The exact fee will vary according to the complexity of the service being provided and whether skin testing is required.
The consultation fee is between $235.45 and $376.95 for an initial visit. Medicare will rebate some of the cost, currently approximately $135.45 and $236.95 respectively.
Allergy diagnosis may require skin prick testing. If required, this costs an additional $72.10 or $144.20, of which $34.45 and $68.90 respectively will be rebated. Skin prick testing is not available without a clinical consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions for Clinicians
What is the scope of Dr Hughes practice?
- Food, medication, venom allergies and anaphylaxis
- Allergic rhinitis, sinusitis and conjunctivitis
- Uriticaria and angiodema
- Recurrent infections suggestive of an immunodeficiency
- Systemic autoimmune disorders such as vasculitis, SLE or myositis
- The interpretation of immunological tests