Allergy skin testing remains the gold standard for diagnosing allergic sensitization. These tests use concentrated liquid extracts of common allergens such as pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, and foods. Testing involves placing a small amount of the allergens on the skin. A positive test will cause a small, raised itchy bump like a mosquito bite.
There are two types of skin tests: skin prick testing and intradermal testing. Skin prick testing involves placing a drop of a suspected allergen extract on the skin and scratching or pricking the surface of the skin. Intradermal testing involves injecting a small amount of extract just under the skin. A positive reaction to either test will appear as a small, slightly raised red bump.
Both tests can be done very quickly because many allergens can be assessed at the same time and results can be read in 10-15 minutes. These tests are also designed to involve very minimal discomfort, although a positive test can be itchy for several minutes.
When performed with our high-quality extracts and by a skilled technician, allergy skin testing is the most accurate test for allergy diagnosis, helpful in identifies a wide range of allergic conditions, including:
As the nation’s largest medical practice solely dedicated to the treatment of allergies and asthma, Allergy Partners uses the most precise skin testing method available. By identifying your precise allergic triggers, we are able to provide a personalized treatment plan that enables you to enjoy life more comfortably.
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.