Skin testing

Skin testing Skin testing involves placement of a droplet of liquid allergen on skin with a piece of plastic that is gently pressed into the skin. This is done on the back, is not painful, and does not involve needles. Each plastic piece is attached to 7 other plastic...

Pet allergy testing

Pet allergy testing Although some commonly think that one tends to be allergic to the hair of a shedding pet, the primary causative allergic agents are the proteins that we come into contact with from the dead skin cells of a pet (GROSS!). The best way to test for...

Asthma/COPD testing

Asthma/COPD testing In order to test for Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pulmonary function testing with and without treatment is critical in determining whether or not there is evidence of bronchopulmonary disease. This involves taking deep...

Stinging insect allergy testing

Stinging insect allergy testing In all patients who have had allergic symptoms and/or anaphylaxis after being stung by an insect, a good history is vital. If further testing is needed, skin testing can be performed for fire ants, one of the most common culprits. Blood...

Food allergy testing

Food allergy testing If there is suspicion of an allergy to food(s), either skin prick testing or blood testing can be initially performed (It should be noted that in order to reduce the possibility of false negatives, the patient must be off antihistamines for 5 days...