ALLERGY SKIN TEST

ALLERGY SKIN TEST

Testing for specific allergies helps us pinpoint the cause of discomfort. Testing is done by an allergist and is safe for both children and adults.

A skin test is a common allergy test. It is accurate, safe, and minimally invasive. Blood tests are an option when skin testing is not.

A skin test involves tiny pricks that are made on the surface of the skin on the back.
Step 1 – Pricks are made with a tiny needle containing a small amount of common allergens.
Step 2 – The skin surface will be lightly punctured with this minuscule amount.
Step 3 – A small bump appears, like a mosquito bite, if there is an allergic reaction.
Step 4 – The test takes 15 – 30 minutes. There is a wait period to determine if there is a reaction.
Step 5 – Results are available before leaving our office.

The results help our allergists determine what causes allergies and what does not. Everyone is unique, and a properly conducted allergy test enables us to develop a tailored, effective treatment.

A couple of suggestions when having an allergy skin test:

    • Allow 2 – 3 hours for the test, wait period, and discussion of results.
    • Wear comfortable clothing and a top that can be removed for easy access to the back.
    • Do not take antihistamines for at least 4 days prior to testing. Antihistamines can interfere with the results. Click HERE for a partial list.

We are focused on patient comfort while obtaining the necessary information to create a personalized, effective treatment plan.

Kansas City Allergy & Asthma - Testing
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