Allergy Skin Testing


 

During allergy skin tests, your skin is exposed to suspected allergy-causing substances (allergens) and is then observed for signs of an allergic reaction.

Along with your medical history, allergy tests may be able to confirm whether or not a particular substance you touch, breathe or eat is causing symptoms. This procedure takes about 20 – 60 minutes to be completed.

Doctors may order allergy skin tests if you have:

• Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and asthma symptoms that are not well controlled with medicine

• Hives and angioedema

• Food allergies

• Skin rashes (dermatitis), in which the skin becomes red, sore, or swollen after contact with the substance

• Penicillin allergy

• Venom allergy

 

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