Allergy Testing Frequently Asked Questions
Have a question about allergies and allergy testing? Find the answers to general questions below or contact Sympta today. For reliable information that allows you to consistently manage your symptoms and take control of your life, keep track of the timely and accurate allergy forecasts and updates below:
What is allergy skin testing?
Patients who are allergic frequently experience "allergy symptoms" such as stuffy/runny nose, sneezing, itchy/watery eyes, sinus pain and pressure, wheezing, and hives. Allergy skin testing and blood testing enables our professionals to see exactly what you are allergic to, allowing your physician to make recommendations to treat your specific allergies. ( Close )
What are patients being tested for?
Patients are tested for a variety of environmental allergens, food allergy and intolerance, Venom (insects), Drugs, Biologics, Latex, Metals, and Chemicals. ( Close )
How is allergy skin testing performed?
There are 3 different techniques that will be used. The first is “scratch testing” or “skin prick" (This is also called percutaneous). The second is intradermal. Scratch testing involves a small “scratch” on the skin as a drop of the allergen is applied. Intradermal testing involves injecting a very small drop of allergen under the first layer of skin on your upper arm. The third is is called Specific IgE (sIgE) Blood Testing ( commonly referred to as RAST testing). ( Close )
Does testing hurt?
Skin testing can cause some discomfort, but is not painful. Blood testing is done with a small needle and generally causes no pain. ( Close )
How long does allergy testing take?
The testing takes approximately 30 minutes – 15 minutes to administer and 15 minutes to register the results – so you don’t have to wait long to learn the cause of your allergies. ( Close )
Who can be tested?
Adults and children of any age can be tested for allergies. It is not recommended that patients with a history of severe anaphylactic reactions or those who are severe asthmatics be tested. Moderate asthmatics who are unmanaged by medications and pregnant or breast feeding women should also not be tested. For these individuals, a blood test is safer. ( Close )
What’s the next step after testing is finished?
Based on allergy testing results, a personalized treatment plan will be developed to help control patient's allergy symptoms. Examples include: environmental control measures to decrease exposure: medications to control daily symptoms; and immunotherapy (allergy shots) to desensitize patients to the things they are allergic to; and eliminating certain foods they may be allergic to. ( Close )
Are the results permanent?
In the majority of cases, once the desired level of relief has been reached, the results are permanent and very few patients need ongoing maintenance. ( Close )
Does insurance cover allergy testing?
In most cases allergy testing is covered. Prior to the testing appointment we will contact your insurance company to verify your coverage. We will then contact you to explain your benefits and answer any questions you may have. ( Close )