Patient Instructions for Skin Testing
1. Schedule an appointment on-line or with our receptionist by phone
2. Three (3) days or 72 hours before your testing appointment is scheduled,
please stop taking the following medications :
If you are not certain if you are taking a product that contains an , ask your pharmacist or call this office.
Please Note :
You should continue to take as prescribed the following medications :
- All asthma medications
- Prescription nose sprays, with the exception of Astelin, which is an antihistamine
- Decongestants that are not combined with an antihistamine
Please dress accordingly: the 1st phase of testing (prick tests) are done on the forearm and the 2nd phase of testing (intradermal tests) are done on the upper arms.
*** If you are not certain if you are taking a product that contains an antihistamine, ask your pharmacist or your doctor.How Do We Diagnose Your Allergies?
If you suffer from allergic symptoms, you can only know for certain if you have an allergy by undergoing a specific test.
The doctor will start by asking you questions about your symptoms, history of allergy, exposure, family history etc., to get a good picture of your situation and to see what he can do to help you.
To help determine whether an allergy is involved, the doctor may perform a skin prick test or intracutaneous test. These tests involve either a gentle prick through a drop of allergen extract on the surface of your arm or the injection of a small amount of allergen extract into the skin. This may result in a small swelling and a reddening of the skin, suggesting that you have an allergy.
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