WHAT IS ALLERGY SKIN TESTING?
Allergy skin testing is used along with medical history to determine exactly what things a person is allergic to. Skin tests are done in an allergist’s office and give fast results. To protect the patient, skin tests must be carried out by trained practitioners with an understanding of the variables and risks of the testing procedure. The skill of the tester can also affect the accuracy of the results. Pulmonary Associates of Richmond Allergy Center is a safe, effective location to receive the highest quality allergy skin testing and most accurate results.
Skin tests for allergic disorders have been used successfully for more than 100 years. Today, prick or scratch tests are the most commonly used type of skin test because they are not very invasive and produce quick results. If the results of prick or scratch tests are negative, the doctor may follow them with intradermal tests or blood tests, which give allergists more details about what’s causing the symptoms.