Skin Prick Testing
Skin prick testing is often used to help determine environmental, food or drug allergies. No needles are used -- instead, a small amount of the allergen is placed on the skin with a small prick. The area is then read 15-20 minutes afterwards to see if the area is positive (if a small local hive has formed). Many skin prick tests are often placed during a new visit. If you believe you will be undergoing skin prick testing for allergies please remain off medications such as antihistamines for at least 5-7 days prior to testing. Please click HERE for a full list of medications to avoid. It is safe to continue taking Singulair, asthma inhalers, and steroid nose sprays as they will not interfere with skin testing.