If you think that you may be experiencing an allergic reaction to certain natural elements or chemical compounds that you come into contact with on a daily basis then you may want to request an allergy test to find the culprit. Skin allergy tests are widely known diagnostic tests used in the field of medicine since they provide objective information about allergic type processes. Our staff is qualified to run diagnostic tests which will provide a breakdown of elements that your body has an allergic response to.
what TYPE OF allergens?
The most commonly used allergens are food, pollen particles or dust, antibiotics, metals, animal hair, poisons, chemicals, and so on.
Skin allergy tests measure the type and size of reaction (rash) caused by the allergen when it comes in contact with the skin.
WHAT KIND OF TESTS?
There are different types of skin tests, the most commonly used are:
Pick test: a drop of allergen is applied to the skin
Intradermal test: A small amount of allergen is inoculated into the skin.
Patch: different allergens in the form of adhesive patches are applied on the skin of the back for 48 hours.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR AN ALLERGY TEST?
The test does not require previous preparation by the patient except for the correct cleaning of the skin.
The use of creams and irritants should be avoided the days before the test and especially on the same day of the test.
What do you feel during and after the test?
The test is not painful for the patient. A slight discomfort may be felt when applying or inoculating the allergen. If a cutaneous response to the allergen occurs, the patient may experience itching, burning or burning in the area. The discomfort will disappear in the following minutes or hours. An antihistamine can be given to minimize the reaction at the end of the test.
Skin rash, wheal. Asthmatic crisis (infrequent). Severe anaphylactic reaction (exceptional given the small amount of allergen used during the test).
The patient should consult with his doctor before carrying out the test in case of:
Pregnancy and lactation
Taking medication especially antihistamines or corticosteroids