Allergen Skin Testing in Savannah and Pooler, GA
A vital part of managing any allergy is to properly diagnose it first. The variety of tests performed to determine a patient’s particular allergy (or allergies) is know as allergy testing. An even more specific type of allergy testing is an allergy skin test.
An allergy skin test is used to investigate multiple potential allergens at the same time. There are two different kinds of skin tests that may be utilized.
The expertly trained allergy specialists at Coastal Ear, Nose, and Throat have extensive experience performing allergen skin testing at their allergy center in Savannah and Pooler, GA. Call (912) 355-2335 to request an appointment today.
The Scratch Test
Usually, one of the first allergy tests performed, the scratch test involves placing the liquid form of an allergen on the skin by pricking it. Because many allergens are tested at the same time, systemically positioning all of the allergens across a large surface area of the body (usually on the arm).
The patient is then closely monitored to see how their skin reacts and which allergens appear to be causing the reaction.
The Intradermal Test
Similar to the scratch test, the intradermal allergy test requires a dose of the potential allergen to be administered directly onto the patient’s skin. The major difference between the two tests is that the injection is aimed at getting the allergen beneath the dermal layer of the skin, whereas the scratch test is merely on the surface.
See An Allergy Specialist Today!
If you are concerned about your child and whether or not they may have an allergy, it is always best to seek the advice of a licensed professional. At Coastal Ear, Nose & Throat, we specialize in a variety of allergy and immunology tests. Each of our physicians are also personally dedicated to making sure that you and your family are prepared to handle an allergic reaction should you ever need to.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Oliver, please call our office today at (912) 355-2335.