Fast, Simple, & Reliable
Patch testing is a type of allergy test that identifies allergens that cause contact dermatitis. This is a straightforward test in which a suspected allergen is applied to the skin in a small disc or well and monitored for any signs of reaction, such as redness or blistering, several days later. If you believe that you’re allergic to something in your home or workplace, Allergy Partners will help you confidently determine the cause of your reaction. The results of patch testing can be used to create a personalized treatment plan and help you avoid contact with the allergen in the future.
How Does Patch Testing Work?
Your doctor will select the allergens they suspect are causing your rash and place patches on your back. The patches are removed in the office after 48 hours and checked for any reactions. Your doctor may have you return 24-48 hours later (or even seven days) for another reading.
Once identified, your Allergy Partners physician will review your triggers and how to avoid future contact. Many of these triggers can be found in common products like:
- Hair dyes
- Metals such as jewelry or belt buckles
- Topical medications like steroid creams or antibiotics
As the nation’s largest medical practice solely dedicated to the treatment of allergies, asthma, and allergic diseases, Allergy Partners offers a comprehensive patch testing program to identify exactly what is triggering contact dermatitis and provide you and your family with a personalized treatment plan for relief.
Four Steps to Relief
Planning Your First Visit
Schedule an appointment at your local office and fill out our pre-registration and medical history forms to help minimize any wait time when you arrive.
Your First Visit
Your initial visit will last between two and three hours and consist of an initial consultation, evaluation, and comprehensive exam. We’ll create a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs.
Diagnostics and Testing
We may complete one or more tests to better understand the cause of your symptoms. Common tests include skin testing, pulmonary testing, and blood testing.
Following the evaluation and testing, we’ll provide a comprehensive diagnosis and implement a personalized treatment plan that will deliver relief.