Allergy Skin Test

Allergy Food Skin Test

Overview of a Food Skin Test

Skin testing is a common way to test for allergies. The test uses a concentrated liquid form of the allergens and will be placed on your back and then they will scratch the outer layer of skin to allow the allergen to get in. After all of the allergens have been placed, then you will need to wait for 15 minutes for a reaction. This type of testing may be mildly aggravating but it will not hurt, it can be compared to a mosquito bite. It can test for common allergens, such as pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander and food.

Risks of a Food Skin Test

Risks in an allergy skin test are very low. The more common symptom of this test is small, red bumps that may occur after the test. A severe allergic reaction rarely occurs in skin testing; however, it is necessary to have these tests performed at your allergist’s office just in case.

Preparation of a Food Skin Test

Before the test, your allergist will ask you a series of questions about your symptoms and health history. When scheduling your allergy test, speak with your allergist about medications that you may need to stop taking. Some medications will interfere with the test results.

What to Expect with a Food Skin Test

A nurse will typically administer the test while the allergist will read the results. The nurse will begin by cleaning the test site and drawing marks on the skin. A drop of each allergen is placed next to each mark. Then a lancet is used to prick the allergen into the skin. The test is not painful.

Results of a Food Skin Test

You will know the results of the test before you leave the allergist’s office. If you are allergic to one of the allergens, then you will develop a red, itchy bump where the allergen was. Once the allergist knows what you are allergic to, then you both can decide on an allergy action plan or what medications to take.

Allergy Inhalant Skin Test

Overview of a Inhalant Skin Test

The risks in this type of allergy testing are very low, but some minor red bumps may appear to show that the allergic reaction is possible. In rare cases does a severe allergic reaction take place, but that is why it is best to have these tests done in your allergist’s office. Your allergist will have the necessary medications ready and will know what to look for.

Risks of a Inhalant Skin Test

The risks in this type of allergy testing are very low, but some minor red bumps may appear to show that the allergic reaction is possible. In rare cases does a severe allergic reaction take place, but that is why it is best to have these tests done in your allergist’s office. Your allergist will have the necessary medications ready and will know what to look for.

Methods of a Inhalant Skin Test

The most common method of an inhalant skin test is the prick method. In this method, the allergist will place a small drop of the allergen on your skin and will then prick the skin. If you have an allergy, the place where the allergen was placed will turn red and raised. During an intradermal allergy test, the allergen is directly injected under the skin. The intradermal test is typically done if the prick test comes back negative and the allergen is thought to be positive.

Common Inhalant Allergy Symptoms

The most common method of an inhalant skin test is the prick method. In this method, the allergist will place a small drop of the allergen on your skin and will then prick the skin. If you have an allergy, the place where the allergen was placed will turn red and raised. During an intradermal allergy test, the allergen is directly injected under the skin. The intradermal test is typically done if the prick test comes back negative and the allergen is thought to be positive.

Results of a Inhalant Skin Test

The results of your allergy test will be completed before you leave the office. Once you know what allergies you have, then you can properly avoid them. In some cases, it is hard to avoid the allergen, in cases such as pollen. If the allergen is unavoidable then your allergist will recommend a medication or treatment plan. Once you have your symptoms under control, you will notice that your quality of life is higher.

Insect Venom Allergy Skin Test

Overview of an Insect Venom Skin Test

The results of your allergy test will be completed before you leave the office. Once you know what allergies you have, then you can properly avoid them. In some cases, it is hard to avoid the allergen, in cases such as pollen. If the allergen is unavoidable then your allergist will recommend a medication or treatment plan. Once you have your symptoms under control, you will notice that your quality of life is higher.

Methods of an Insect Venom Skin Test

During an insect venom skin test, the nurse will begin by cleaning the test area. Then the venom will be placed on the skin and the skin will be pricked. The reaction may take up to 30 minutes, so you will have to wait in the office to ensure no serious reaction occurs. If this test comes back inconclusive, then your allergist may do another test where the venom is injected directly under the skin. In extreme cases, the allergist may recommend a blood test instead.

Risks of an Insect Venom Skin Test

There are rarely risks involved with allergy testing. If you know your allergy is severe, alert your allergist before the testing begins. In some cases, the allergist will administer a blood test instead of the skin test. In most skin tests, there is a chance that the injection spot may turn red and become raised. This happens when an allergy is present.

Preparing for an Insect Venom Skin Test

Before the test, ask your physician when you should stop taking your medications, when applicable. Some medications will interfere with the accuracy of the results. You should also be sure to let your allergist know about past experiences with the allergen. The allergist should know about any severe reactions that you have had in the past.

What to Expect during an Insect Venom Skin Test

The allergist will clean the skin and place marks where the allergens will be placed. Once the allergens are placed on the spots, then the skin will be pricked. You will be in the office for about a half hour after the test to wait on a reaction.

Results of an Insect Venom Skin Test

If you had a reaction to the test, then you are allergic to the insect sting. Since you can not necessarily avoid an insect sting, you can take precautionary measures. You may want to avoid places that have bees, wasps, hornets, etc. Your allergist may also recommend certain medications, such as carrying an epinephrine pen, or even going through immunotherapy.