Patch Testing for Contact Allergies In Arizona

Patch Testing for Contact Allergies

If you suspect that you have an allergy or several allergies, a Dr. Rishi at Arizona Allergy Associates can perform an allergy skin test to determine if an allergy exists as well as to measure its severity.

What Are Allergies?

An allergy develops when the body reacts to things that may not affect others, such as cat hair or pollen. When patients come in contact with allergens, or substances they are allergic to, symptoms can range from mild to severe.

What to Expect

When you get a skin test performed, your allergist will be testing for several different allergens that could cause reactions in your body. The allergens will be placed on your skin, typically the forearm or the back. You will then need to wait for 15 minutes or so while the doctor watches for reactions to where the patches of allergens were placed. A prick test or scratch test can also be performed, but this could cause itching in patients when sensitivity to the allergen is present.

Preparing for the Skin Test

Before getting a skin test done by your doctor, be sure to communicate any medications you are currently taking. You should also avoid taking any antihistamines at least three days before your test. Nasal sprays and medication for asthma do not need to be stopped, as these do not cause any interference with the results of skin tests.

What Happens If I Have Allergies?

Your medical professional will help you create a plan for managing and controlling your allergy symptoms. This could include taking preventative measures as well as treating any symptoms you may experience when dealing with allergens. Some steps you should take if it is determined you have allergies include:

  • Avoiding or limiting contact with allergens
  • Taking prescribed or over the counter medication
  • Getting an allergy shot

If your allergies have been bothering you more and more as the seasons change, it’s time to consider speaking with a local allergist and getting a professional opinion about your symptoms. With the aid of a medical professional, patients could see a drastic difference in the severity of allergies as well as how often they affect you.