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Skin Allergies / Patch Testing

Allergy skin patch testing is used to identify the allergens that trigger a patient's allergic reaction. This procedure is safe, fast, and accurate. The majority of patients experience little to no discomfort.

During this test multiple allergens are applied under a dressing to the patient's skin, including fragrance, preservatives, metals, rubber, and other chemicals that are commonly encountered in the environment and within household items and clothing. Then, after 48 and 72 hours, the skin is reexamined for any reaction. If a reaction occurs to the allergen then an allergy is likely.

After a patient's allergy has been diagnosed, a physician will recommend a treatment plan to treat and manage the allergy.

This process helps identify what you are allergic to, which will help you know what to avoid and when you might need preemptive medicines.