Food allergens (milk, egg, peanut, tree nuts, seafood, etc.)
Stinging insect venom (bee, wasp, hornets)
Penicillin (antibiotic) and select other antibiotics
Topical anesthetics, such as lidocaine
how it works
These tests are individually applied on the skin with plastic applicators
Results are available after 10-15 minutes.
For infants and small children the tests are applied on the back. For older patients, the arms are generally used.
In some cases, additional testing is done just under the skin with a very small injection. Typically this is not needed for children.
Testing is often available on the first visit if the patient has not recently taken antihistamines, such as Claritin, Allegra, Zyrtec or Benadryl.
how does this help?
Knowing allergen sensitivities gives us the opportunity to discuss ways to identify and avoid allergens and develop a treatment plan, including the option of allergen desensitization (allergy injections).