Allergy Test (Skin Test)
- You should avoid all OTC cold/flu or allergy medications one week or at least 5 days before allergy skin testing to avoid interfering with the test.
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Allergy skin test is used to detect if you are sensitized to or allergic to certain allergens so your physician can formulate an effective treatment to your allergy / sinus, asthma, and other allergy related diseases. At our clinic, we test for common regional environmental allergens including pollens, grasses, weeds, molds, and indoor allergens like cats, dogs, dustmites, cockroach, and rodent. In general, you would exposure to high tree pollen concentration in the Spring, grass and weed pollen in the Summer and Fall. Mold spores and indoor allergens like cat / dog / dustmites are all year-round allergens. Depending on indications, we also test for foods, insects, drugs and other allergens. Skin test is done by pricking the skin in the back or forearm with a small plastic device containing specific allergens to challenge allergy cells living in your skin. The prick site will develop a small mosquito-like wheel if you are allergic to that allergen. Sometimes, your physician might proceed with a second intradermal allergy test if the first test is negative. In this type of test, a small amount of allergen is injected into your skin to increase sensitivity of the test.
For more information, please visit the American College of Allergy Asthma & Immunology - Allergy Test.
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