Top of the page
Allergy skin tests are tests 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.
Be sure to tell your doctor about all the medicines you take. You may need to stop taking some medicines such as antihistamines for a few days before you have an allergy skin test.
The nurse will:
The 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. After the testing is done, cool cloths or a non-prescription steroid cream can be used to relieve the itching and swelling.
Allergy skin tests usually take less than an hour.
Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd
Enter P567 in the search box to learn more about "Allergy Skin Tests: About These Tests".
Current as of: February 27, 2023
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Rohit K Katial MD - Allergy and Immunology
Care instructions adapted under license by your healthcare professional. If you have questions about a medical condition or this instruction, always ask your healthcare professional. Healthwise, Incorporated disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information.
©2006-2023 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.