How are skin allergies diagnosed?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
Skin allergies and their triggers are most commonly diagnosed through skin tests, including scratch tests, prick tests, and most commonly patch tests. Skin testing usually involves a doctor applying samples of allergens to a small area of skin, usually on the forearm, and then sometimes scratching or pricking the skin to let the allergen seep in. After some time, usually anywhere from 15 minutes to 96 hours, the doctor examines the skin to determine whether there was a reaction to the substance. If a person has certain skin conditions or is taking medications that would interfere with a skin test, a blood test that analyzes levels of antibodies may be done instead.

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