To determine if you are allergic to different substances, allergy skin testing may be necessary. A skin prick test uses diluted amounts of a common or suspected allergen and punctures the skin on the arm or back with the substance. If you are allergic, you will develop a raised bump, or a wheal, at the test location on your skin. This positive reaction will take about 20 minutes.
While the skin prick test sounds scary this test is relatively painless and no blood is drawn. Allergy skin testing rarely produces false negatives or inaccurate results that indicate you are not allergic even though you actually are. Negative results almost always mean you are not allergic to the substance. However a positive test is not 100% conclusive.
Please schedule an appointment to discuss your allergies and see if allergy skin testing is an option for you.