Allergy skin tests are done to find out if a substance, called an
allergen, may cause an allergic response. A small amount of a suspected
allergen is placed on or below the skin to see if a reaction develops.
Types of skin tests include:
Allergy skin tests are done
to find out what things you are allergic to.
can affect the results of an allergy skin test. Examples include tricyclic
antidepressants and antihistamines such as cetirizine (Reactine), fexofenadine
(Allegra), and loratadine (Claritin).
Be sure to tell your doctor
about all the medicines you take. You may need to stop taking some medicines
before you have an allergy skin test.
The nurse will:
results of a skin prick or intradermal test will be available right after the
test is done.
If you have an allergic
reaction from any of the skin tests, you may have some itching, tenderness, and
swelling where the allergen solutions were placed on your skin.
Allergy skin tests
usually take less than an hour.
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Current as of:
February 12, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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