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Allergy Testing

How do you skin test?

The skin testing for allergies is quick and fairly painless. We use modern testing methods that do away with the needles. In addition, the tests are fast, painless, reliable, and repeatable. The skin testing system looks similar to this:

Here is a picture of how the allergens are placed on the skin.

Depending on one's allergic sensitivity, you may experience some itching at the time of testing. This usually subsides within 15-20 minutes, and very rarely lasts more than 24 hours.

How do I prepare for the skin test?

The best way to prepare to place a hairbrush with bristles on the back and forearms, gradually increasing the pressure and frequency up to 2-3 times a day about 2-4 days before the visit. This sensation you feel is very similar to when the skin testing system is placed on you.

We strongly encourage children under 5 years of age to make their appointments before 2:00 pm. Children tolerate the visit much better during the early morning hours. We also recommend not bringing along siblings or extended family members unless they are also being seen by the doctor.