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Skin Allergy Test

Also called skin prick testing, is the most convenient and least expensive method of allergy testing. As results are available within 20 minutes, you can discuss the results with your doctor at the time of testing. The test is usually performed on the forearm cleaned with alcohol. A drop of commercially produced allergen extract is placed onto a marked area of skin. Using a sterile lancet, a small prick through the drop is made. This allows a small amount of allergen to enter the skin. If you are allergic to the tested allergen, a small lump (wheal) will appear at the site of testing over the next 10 – 15 mins.

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