Allergy skin tests are used to identify the environmental allergens that trigger allergic reactions. A tiny amount of allergens are placed on your forearm and a series of tiny scratches/pricks force the allergens into the skin.
Allergy skin tests are safe, accurate and fast. In most cases, they cause little pain or discomfort. After a patient’s allergy has been diagnosed, a physician will recommend a treatment plan to reduce or eliminate symptoms.
This test takes approximately 20 – 30 minutes. The respiratory therapist will apply the allergens to see if a local wheal, or hive, develops over 20 minutes. If a positive skin reaction to the allergens is detected, an allergy to that allergen is likely.
Please refrain from taking anti-histamines (e.g. Claritin, Reactine, Tylenol Sinus and Cold, some nasal sprays) five days prior to your test.
There is a $40 tray fee charged for the allergy testing. The fee is payable via cash or cheque ONLY.