Do you suffer from something that you suspect is an allergic reaction but are unsure of what you are allergic to? If your answer is yes and you live anywhere in Atlanta, GA, or surrounding areas, Northside Allergy and Asthma is the best place for you to have your questions answered and put your fears to rest.
As a highly skilled and experienced allergist, we know that the most crucial step in allergy treatment is the initial test to determine the precise source of your allergic reaction. The safest and most efficient allergy determinant is a skin test, where we place a concentrated sample of the most common allergens – such as mold, dust, pollen, pet dander, and foods – onto your forearm or back. If an area of your skin associated with a specific allergen experiences swelling, it will confirm your existing allergy.
At our allergy treatment clinic, we have 3 ways of administering the skin test:
- Scratch – This is the most common method, where we scratch the outer layer of your skin to insert the allergen. The test itself takes 10 minutes and has a 15-minute wait time for a reaction to occur.
- Injection – This is another great option, particularly if you are being tested for sensitivity to insect bites or penicillin. The timing is approximately the same as that of the scratch test.
- Patch – This is a less common method, where we place allergen-filled patches onto your skin. The test requires 2 visits with a wait time of 48 hours.
Allergy Test Safety
Allergy skin tests are equally safe for both adults and children. However, we strongly recommend informing us of any medications that you or your child may be taking prior to scheduling the skin test, as some medications may interfere with the results.
To learn more about our allergy testing and/or to schedule your first appointment, please do not hesitate to contact Northside Allergy and Asthma today at one of our 5 convenient locations – Atlanta, Roswell, Duluth, Cummings, or Johns Creek. You can also use one of our online appointment request forms.