Skin Testing Procedure

  • Histamine, a chemical mediator produced by the body, is the main chemical that
    helps determine positive allergies during testing. Anti-histamines are a group of
    medications that block the effects of histamine in the body. Due to this action,
    allergy testing results will be inaccurate if this medication is present within your
    body. Antihistamines must be held prior to testing. If you have any questions
    as to whether or not a certain medication will interfere with your scheduled
    allergy testing please contact our office. Please notify our nursing staff of ALL
    current prescription and over-the-counter medications at the time of your testing.
  • Please notify the office in advance if you are acutely ill prior to your testing
    appointment so that you may be given directions by the nursing staff and/or
    physician. Dependent on your symptoms, your testing may need to be rescheduled
    and/or you may need to be seen by the physician for an ill visit.
  • Due to the length of time (up to 2 hours) needed to complete your allergy testing,
    please make every effort to arrive for your appointment on time. Arriving late to
    your appointment may require the appointment to be rescheduled.
  • Allergy testing will be placed either on the inner forearms and upper arms or the
    back. To provide better access to the upper arms, we request that you try to wear
    or bring a short sleeve shirt or a separate top and bottom to your testing
    appointment.
  • Mosquito bite size reactions may remain on the skin following testing. Such
    reactions typically fade within 24 hours; however, rarely they may remain present
    up to 7 days

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