Have you been suffering from seasonal allergies for months or years, but were afraid to get tested for fear of needles or discomfort? What if we told you that we could give you a skin test without needles and get you results in just 20 minutes? Yes, you read that right. Our office provides allergy testing that requires no needles.
Our procedure uses small plastic devices containing a small amount of the allergen we test for. The allergy test can check for many different allergies including pet dander, local grasses and trees, molds, and pollen. Our allergist will place the plastic devices on the back and do a small scratch of the skin. The skin is then labeled so we know which allergen was tested in that spot. Then, you just have to hang out and wait about 20 minutes to see which allergens produce a welt. A welt is just a small bump similar to a mosquito bite. It may be itchy, but most patients do not experience pain from the procedure.
Allergy testing doesn’t have to be scary. Once you know what your body is allergic to, you can work with your allergist to come up with a treatment plan that addresses your specific allergies. In addition to skin testing, we offer other diagnostic procedures to test for asthma, lung diseases, food, and chemical allergies.