Allergy Test Procedure
The allergy test will take between 1 ½ – 2 hours to complete.
During the testing appointment there will be a period of time between the application of the testing antigen and when the results can be read. Please bring along a book, magazine, or electronic tablet to pass the time.
Testing is done on the arms. Please wear a short sleeved or very loose sleeved shirt that will easily slide up to your shoulder. However, if you have sleeve tattoos or any reason you are unable to have the test done on the arms, please wear a loose pair of shorts that are able to slide up past the upper thighs. Children 5-7 years old and children 8 years or older with small arms should wear or bring loose fitting shorts.
An initial “control test” will be performed to ensure your skin will respond properly to the testing. If this initial test result responds abnormally you may have residual medications lingering in your body and the allergy test will have to be rescheduled for another day.
You may be required to perform a pulmonary screening test. This screening test will help to ensure that you do not have a lung condition that could put you at risk during the allergy testing process.
Please inform your doctor if you have asthma, a history of asthma, or any other lung condition or if you use inhaled medications.