I am a new patient and I’m interested in skin allergy testing. How long should I plan on being at the doctor’s office?
We know you value your time, so we do our best to expedite the process. But we also want to be thorough, so plan on about two hours for the skin allergy test.
What is skin allergy testing?
Skin allergy testing is an effective way to discover the source of your allergy and it offers same-day results. It involves using a disposable plastic device to prick the skin with a drop of allergen. It takes about 15-20 minutes for a result. A positive result will yield a wheal (red, itchy area) and surrounding redness. Sometimes if the skin pricks are negative, we perform intradermal skin testing (injected just below the skin) to individuals above the age of 10-years-old.
How much does skin allergy testing cost?
Skin allergy testing costs can vary with each insurance carrier. We can provide you with estimated pricing based off of your coverage rates. Additionally, should you be without insurance coverage, contact us for estimates.
What do allergy shots do?
Allergy and immunotherapy (or allergy shots) increases your tolerance to the allergens to which you are sensitive. 85 percent of patients with year-round allergies report improvement of their symptoms and less medication use while on allergy shots. Contact us today to find out how allergy immunotherapy can help you.
Isn’t there a blood test to look for allergies?
Yes, however the blood test can sometimes result in a false negative and you may still need to complete skin testing to find the source of your suffering. Plus, blood test results can take a few days while accurate skin test results come back during your clinic visit.
Are there any medications I should avoid prior to coming in for skin testing?
Yes, antihistamines should be avoided 4-5 days prior to your visit if you are going to be skin tested. Examples of common antihistamines and additional medications are listed on our new patient form. You can also contact Watkins Allergy and Asthma staff, and something will be happy to assist you with any other questions.
If you have questions that are not included here or want more information, please feel free to call us at (904) 298-1800.