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Allergy & Asthma Services

Our patients know Allergy & Asthma Associates of Central Florida for their extensive services, as well as their assistance in the diagnosis of and education pertaining to related health issues. Our doctors are Board Certified by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology and the American Board of Pediatrics. We accept most HMO and PPO plans as well as Medicare Assignment. Please call our office to make an appointment today!

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Allergy Testing

allergy testing

Skin allergy testing is a method for medical diagnosis of allergies that attempts to provoke a small, controlled, allergic response.

 

Process

A microscopic amount of an allergen is introduced to a patient's skin by various means:

  • Prick test or scratch test: pricking the skin with a needle or pin containing a small
    amount of the allergen.
  • Patch test: applying a patch to the skin, where the patch contains the allergen

If an immuno-response is seen in the form of a rash, urticaria (hives), or (worse) anaphylaxis it can be concluded that the patient has a hypersensitivity (or allergy) to that allergen. Further testing can be done to identify the particular allergen.

If an immuno-response is seen in the form of a rash, urticaria (hives), or (worse) anaphylaxis it can be concluded that the patient has a hypersensitivity (or allergy) to that allergen. Further testing can be done to identify the particular allergen.

The "scratch test" as it's called, is still very commonly used as an allergen test. A similar test involving injecting the allergen is also used, but is not quite as common due to increased likelihood of infection and general ineffectiveness by comparison. There are other methods available to test for allergy.

 

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