There are two common clinical tests used to identify allergy triggers: Blood Testing & Skin Testing.
We offer percutaneous (skin) testing. We use skin tests to determine whether a person has Immunoglobulin E (IgE antibodies) in their skin that react negatively to any speciﬁc allergens. We prefer skin testing for numerous reasons, some of which are listed below:
Skin Testing vs. Blood Testing
- Skin testing is less invasive and tolerated better by all patients
- Skin testing allows us to provide patients with immediate results
- Skin testing is more cost-effective to process than blood testing
- Skin testing and blood testing results are virtually identical in accuracy
The Testing Process
The testing process is simple. We apply 80 environmental allergens to the patient’s skin using ComforTen testers by Hollister; this is a surface test, meaning we do not break or inject under the skin. Micro drops of each allergen work their way into the patient’s pores and it takes approximately 15 minutes to determine reactions. If the patient is allergic to a specific allergen, their skin will form a wheal ( a small, raised, reddened area). The size of each wheal is measured to determine the severity of the allergy. The patient’s back is also photographed so we can provide immediate feedback regarding their body’s immune system response. The results of the test are then analyzed and a custom desensitization serum is mixed to optimize the benefit of the treatment.