Allergy Testing

skin testOur practice can performs testing on over 64 various allergens plus foods, metals and venoms, allowing us to solve the root causes of your allergy symptoms.

  • Skin Test: (also known as a prick or scratch test) involves lightly pricking the skin on the back or forearm with a tiny drop of the liquid allergen.
  • Intradermal Skin Testing: If prick test is negative for an allergen, an intradermal skin testing for that substance can be done. The intradermal test may be optimal if there is a suspected venom or drug allergy.
  • Blood Allergy Testing: involves a quick blood draw. The patient’s blood is sent to the laboratory, and the presence of antibodies to certain allergen indicates an existing allergy.
  • Oral Challenge: an oral food challenge may be recommended if results from a skin or blood test are uncertain. During an oral food challenge, the patient will consume a small amount of food in increasing amounts over a period of time to observe if an allergic reaction occur.
  • Patch Testing: caused by a certain chemical (gold, nickel, etc), a patch test can be performed. Patch test involves the application of a small amount of allergen onto the surface of the skin.
  • Penicillin Testing: performed in office monitored under our nurses and providers while observing for signs of a reaction. Your specialist can help you determine if penicillin testing is needed.
  • Insect Allergy Testing: this test is done similar to the prick testing and helps identify potential anaphylactic reaction.

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