Preparing for Your Appointment

Whether you are visiting our clinic for a first appointment, for food allergy testing, or for an annual check-up, the University of Michigan Food Allergy Clinic (FAC) staff can help you navigate the process.

Contact the University of Michigan Food Allergy Clinic at 888-229-2409 to:

  • Make an appointment
  • Ask questions about an already scheduled appointment
  • Learn more about our services
  • Speak with an allergy nurse or food allergist

To reach an on-call allergy doctor any time after hours, call 734-936-4000.

Call 911 for all urgent medical concerns.

Here's a handy list of what to do before your appointment at the Food Allergy Clinic.

  • Get directions to Domino’s Farms clinic and find our clinic location within the office complex. 
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so you have time to fill out paperwork without feeling rushed.
  • Remember to bring your insurance card, physician referral and/or co-payment, as well as a copy of any lab results or medical reports.
  • Before you come to the appointment, complete your allergy visit questionnaire, and bring it with you to the appointment. 
  • Stop taking specific medications, per your doctor’s instructions, that could interfere with Skin Prick Testing (SPT). View a list of medications that could interfere with SPT.
  • Keep a "food diary" noting what you eat, what your symptoms are, when they occur, and if a particular food seems to trigger them. Be sure to write down any patterns you notice. Bring the food diary with you to the appointment. 
  • Write down any questions you want to ask your allergist, and bring them with you to the appointment.
  • Prepare for a longer appointment in case your allergist requires more time to do a thorough evaluation or perform testing. Bring extra diapers, a change of clothes, favorite toys, a blanket, reading material or anything else that will make you or your child more comfortable.

Please note: we do not allow food in the clinic, with the exception of infant formula, due to the life-threatening allergies of our patients.

What to Expect at Your Appointment

  • At your first clinic appointment, your allergist will review the allregy visit questionnaire you filled out, go over your medical records and take a detailed health history. You will also be given a thorough physical exam.
  • After this initial evaluation, you and your allergist will plan next steps for making a diagnosis and developing an individual care plan. This may include: allergy testing, either that day or in the future; removing identified food allergens from your diet to see if symptoms improve; keeping a food diary; or consulting a dietitian, social worker or other specialist. 
  • Your allergist may also prescribe medication, such as an EpiPen® or Auvi-Q™, along with a Food Allergy Action Plan (FAAP) outlining what you need to avoid and what to do in case of an allergic reaction. You also may be referred back to your primary care doctor, pediatrician or local allergist to for follow-up. If needed, we'll schedule a return visit to our clinic for you.
  • Before the end of your appointment, your allergist or a nurse will go over your individual care plan with you, in detail, and answer any questions you may have. If you're being prescribed an EpiPen® or Auvi-Q™, we will show you how to use it. 
  • After your visit, our specialized food allergy nurse, Nancy Polmear-Swendris, MS, RN, will call to offer support, help plan for the future and answer any concerns you might have at that time.   You can also contact her at any time at 734-232-2161 or via email to discuss your personal food allergy concerns. 

Resources for Your Appointment