Allergy Skin Testing - What Can I Expect?

Allergy skin testing can help identify the “cause” of your symptoms. By identifying your symptom triggers, we can take steps to reduce your symptoms and medications needs. Allergy skin tests can also open the door to effective treatment options such as allergen immunotherapy when appropriate.

An allergy testing appointment can take from 1 to 2 hours, depending on how allergic you are.

Allergy testing begins with a prick skin testing method on your forearm. Its purpose is to discover any underlying allergies due to dust mites, mold, pollens, and animal dander.

We will then use this information to do a more detailed allergy test called Modified Quantitative Testing or intradermal testing on your upper outer arms. This involves injecting minute amounts of antigens under your first layer of skin and measuring the skin’s response.

Allergy testing may result in fatigue; therefore, any strenuous physical activity after testing is not recommended.

Approximately a week after your testing, you will revisit your Delta Medix physician to evaluate the testing results and determine a proper treatment plan.