Which Skin Allergy Test is Best for Me?
Knowing what can cause an allergic reaction is incredibly important when you are going through life. A skin allergy test can give you accurate and fast results. During the exam, possible allergens are placed on or in the skin to provoke a response. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeff Semel at Atlanta Medical Institute in Atlanta, GA to see which skin allergy test is the best option for you.
What is a skin allergy test, and how does it work?
Many people receive an allergy screening after an adverse response to an unknown substance. A skin allergy test is a rapid and reliable assessment of your potential allergens. During a skin test, small amounts of the possible allergen are placed into or on top of the skin. If there is a reaction, it is considered positive. Most tests take around 30 minutes, but the skin patch test takes up to four days and two visits to complete.
What are the different types of skin allergy testing?
There are three different skin tests offered at Atlanta Medical Institute. Each type has pros and cons that make them better for specific situations.
Skin prick test: The skin prick test is completed by placing a small amount of solution containing a possible allergen onto the skin. Then, small scratches or pricks let the solution into the skin. If a raised itchy area (wheal) develops on the skin, it most likely means a positive reaction. This test is less sensitive than others, like the intradermal test, and can usually be completed in one visit.
Intradermal test: This test is done by injecting a small amount of solution that contains a potential allergen into the skin. This test is often used if an allergen is still suspected without a positive reaction from the skin prick test. The intradermal test is more sensitive than others, but it can also lead to false-positive results. An assessment like this can normally be done in one visit.
Skin patches test: This is done by placing a patch with a possible allergen solution onto the skin and leaving it for 2 – 4 days. This is used to detect contact dermatitis, a type of skin allergy.
Every test comes with its benefits. You can consult with Dr. Semel in Atlanta, GA to decide which skin test is right for you.
Frequently asked questions
Why should I get an allergy test?
Many people get tested after they have reacted to an unknown substance. Reactions can vary from mild to severe and include skin issues, throat swelling, etc.
What happens if I am allergic to something?
If you turn out to be allergic to something, Dr. Semel will give you instructions on how to avoid future interactions. You may also need to carry an EpiPen if your allergy is severe.
Will I need to receive future testing?
There is a chance that you outgrow an allergy; however, it is rare.
Get a skin allergy test in Atlanta, GA
With all of the options for allergy testing, it can be hard to decide which one is the best. Our dedicated staff will work with you to help you understand your options so you can choose the best option for your specific needs. Contact Atlanta Medical Institute in Atlanta, GA for a full consultation with Dr. Jeff Semel on your allergy testing needs.