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Allergy Skin Testing

 

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