Skin Prick Testing

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Skin prick testing is the most common method of allergy testing. During this test, the skin is slightly pricked while a small drop of allergen is exposed to the skin for about 15-20 minutes. Your NYC allergy doctor will then monitor the skin for signs of an allergic reaction, including redness and swelling. 

Skin prick testing is usually simple and accurate, but if your test shows a “false positive” result when you aren’t truly allergic to a substance. Your allergist may want to repeat the test later or suggest a different type of allergy test. In rare cases, a skin prick test can cause a severe allergic reaction. It’s important that it is administered in a clinical setting with emergency equipment nearby. 

What Allergies Are Tested With Skin Prick Testing?

● Dust

● Pet Dander 

● Tree Pollen

● Various Types of Grass Pollen

● Weeds

● Certain Foods

What To Expect During Skin Prick Testing

You can expect to experience some discomfort when your skin is being pricked, and also some itchiness while the allergens are allowed to react. This test is usually done to identify allergies to pollen, mold, pet dander, dust mites, and foods. Skin prick tests are generally safe for adults and children. However, this test is not recommended for people with skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis.