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Skin Testing


Allergy Skin Testing:
Allergy skin testing is the most common method used by allergists to determine which allergens will likely play a role in flaring allergic conditions. Common allergens include pollens from grasses, trees, weeds, and indoor allergens such as dust mites, mold, and animal allergens. Food allergens are also usually tested.

Skin testing is initially performed by superficial methods where the skin is pricked or scratched with common allergens. Injection of small amounts of allergens into the skin is then performed to confirm the negative results. This assures that allergy skin testing is not falsely read as negative.

Allergy skin testing is performed in the allergist's office and cannot be performed if a patient has taken an antihistamine (i.e. Benadryl, Zyrtec, Claritin or Allegra) typically within 7 days. Thus, it is recommended that prior to a scheduled initial consultation, patients check with the office regarding their medications.


Comprehensive Allergy and Asthma Associates
11645 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1150

Los Angeles, CA 90025
Phone: 310-909-1910
Fax: 310-909-1911

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