Hypersensitivity to local anesthetics is rare but could be diagnosed through allergy testing. During the test, we lightly prick the skin on the arm with a plastic applicator that contains a tiny amount of anesthesia. Sensitivity typically results in a raised, red, itchy spot after about 15 minutes.

As board-certified allergists, we know how to provide a controlled setting. Our care providers are present throughout the test to monitor tolerance and treat any emerging problems. A wait period ensues after interacting with the suspected allergen to both observe reactions and ensure patient safety. Results and treatment plans are discussed at the conclusion of the challenge.

A couple of suggestions when having an allergy skin test:

    • Allow 2 – 3 hours for the test, wait period, and discussion of results.
    • Do not take antihistamines for at least 4 days prior to testing. Antihistamines can interfere with the results. Click HERE for a partial list. 
Kansas City Allergy & Asthma - Local Anesthetic Test

Notice to allergen immunotherapy patients

Due to the emergency conditions of the pandemic, we temporarily allow allergen immunotherapy patients to wait in their vehicles. We feel it is now safe for all patients to wait in the waiting room. We are requiring this of all allergen immunotherapy patients effective immediately.

Review our Coronavirus (COVID-19) statementCLICK HERE

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