Dr. Harris with Intermountain Allergy explains how allergen skin testing works.
Allergen skin testing involves placing small drops of liquid allergens on the skin and then gently pricking the skin. If a patient is allergic to the substance in the drops, the tested skin area will look like a mosquito bite ( which disappears in 30 minutes or less). For young children, skin testing is well tolerated, and is frequently much
scarier to talk about than to actually experience. The testing provides a great deal of information on what to expect during allergy season and how the patient will react around specific animals. In addition, skin testing provides the physician with a direction for therapy.
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