Skin tests for allergies are typically performed on the forearm or back. The allergist will clean the area to be tested and then apply a small amount of each allergen extract onto the skin. They may use a specialized device to prick the skin (called a skin prick test or allergy scratch test) or inject a tiny amount of allergen under the skin (called an intradermal test).
Reading allergy skin test results involves observing the appearance and size of skin reactions to specific allergens. These reactions usually manifest as raised, red bumps surrounded by redness on the skin. A positive reaction indicates sensitivity to the allergen, while a negative reaction suggests no sensitivity. Our allergists are ready to assist you in interpreting your allergy skin test results today!
The duration of skin testing can vary depending on the number of allergens being tested and the specific testing method used, but usually, a skin prick test or allergy scratch test takes about 10-15 minutes. Similar duration for intradermal tests.
Skin testing is generally well-tolerated and is not typically painful. Patients may experience mild discomfort or a slight stinging sensation during the skin prick test or intradermal testing, but it is usually brief and tolerable. Our providers are here to provide the best experience when talking about allergy tests.
Overall, when performed and interpreted correctly, skin allergy tests are valuable tools for diagnosing allergies and choosing treatment strategies. However, they should always involve a comprehensive clinical evaluation for the most accurate diagnosis and management of allergic conditions.
Yes, children can undergo skin testing for allergies. However, the testing methods and allergens used may be tailored to their age and developmental stage. You can consult with an Allergist at Impact Medical to determine the most appropriate testing approach for your child.
Yes. After performing the skin tests and interpreting the results, the Allergists at Impact Medical will discuss the findings with you and develop a personalized treatment plan if needed.
The cost of a skin allergy test can vary depending on several factors such as the type of test used, the number of allergens tested. The cost of a skin allergy test without insurance coverage typically ranges from $100 to $300 or more. To know more about insurance coverage and skin allergy test costs, contact us today!