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Allergy Testing

Skin tests will be performed in many instances determine if and to what you or your child may be allergic. Skin testing remains the most rapid, sensitive and reliable method of making the diagnosis of allergies. Two types of skin tests are used: one is performed on the back and the other is done on the arms. Ordinarily, most tests are done on the back and only a few tests on the arm. Both types of tests are relatively painless. Children, especially young children, may be frightened of the test. Being honest with them usually alays their fears. The test feels like a small scratch and may itch. All skin testing can usually be accomplished in one visit. Anti-histamines such as Zyrtec, Claritin and a number of other antihistamines need to be avoided for 7 days prior to allergy testing. Be sure to tell our staff about all the medications you are taking as some non-allergy medications can also interfere with testing. Occasionally blood tests will be obtained for allergies particularly in the evaluation of complex food allergies. If you or your child has had previous allergy testing, those records should be with you at the time of the initial evaluation