Skin testing is the most common way to identify allergies. Your skin testing appointment may include:
- Skin prick test – Applies allergens to the surface of your skin with a small prick or puncture
- Intradermal test – Injects allergens below your skin’s surface
You’ll be closely monitored by Dr. Bonitatibus and your health care team for signs of an allergic reaction after each test.
The tests aren’t painful, and you’ll appreciate our ability to test for many allergens at once. Most allergy testing appointments last 60 to 90 minutes.
If you take antihistamines, you’ll need to stop taking them several days before your skin test. Follow your doctor’s instructions to ensure you get the most accurate test results.
If your child needs a skin test, trust us to help him or her feel comfortable. We’ll explain this gentle procedure so they understand what to expect. If your little one is afraid of needles, ask about the option for an allergy blood test.