Allergy Testing

Allergy Testing is a simple procedure that is used to determine which specific Allergens a person is most affected by. There are two methods that we use to determine this – a series of “Scratch Tests” and, if necessary, “Intradermal Tests”

scratch test

A Scratch Test is the first way we will try to determine your allergens. A series of small applicators (like the one shown in the picture above) are placed on the skin. Each tip contains a tiny amount of a specific allergen. After a fixed amount of time the Provider will come in and read the results based on the reaction your body has to each individual allergen.

intradermal

If, after the Scratch Tests, the Provider decides that more testing is needed they will order a series of Intradermal Tests. An Intradermal Test is performed by injecting a small amount of allergen just below the epidermis, or top layers of skin. This method can sometimes reveal allergies that may not have been triggered through the a simple Scratch Test. Like the Scratch Test, after a fixed amount of time the Provider will come in and read the results based on the reaction your body has to each individual allergen.