Treatment of allergies starts with diagnosing the allergen. There are two main types of allergy testing: skin testing and blood tests. Each has its own advantages and drawbacks, but both can be very helpful in guiding the treatment of your allergies.
Traditional skin testing involves placing small amounts of substances under the skin, either by prick or injection, and then watching the skin for signs of a reaction. Skin testing can be used for people of all ages, including infants.
Allergy skin tests are widely used to help diagnose allergic conditions, including:
- Hay fever
- Allergic asthma
- Dermatitis (eczema)
- Food allergies
- Penicillin allergy
- Bee venom allergy
- Latex allergy
A full testing session can last a little over an hour, but the results are known immediately. Once a reaction is observed, your Premier Medical physician can help you with the appropriate treatment to get relief from your allergies.