What To Expect:
After cleansing the skin on the upper back, the patient is scratched with approximately 70 local allergens in order to determine if the reaction is negative or positive to the allergen. Positive reactions indicate the presence of an allergy to this specific allergen. We test for Trees, Weeds, Grasses, Molds and Environmentals (such as dog, cat, horse, dust, etc).
Patient must not consume any antihistamines such as Allegra, Zyrtec, Benadryl, Clarinex, Claritin, Alavert or Cold preparations, nor any H2 blockers such as Zantac, Pepcid or Tagamet at least 5 days prior to their skin test. CALL YOUR PHARMACIST IF IN DOUBT....they will be happy to tell you if a medication blocks an allergy skin test.
The area may be very itchy if there is a postive reaction. After the test we can apply a topical treatment to relieve the itching.