Skin Prick Tests
Are you sniffing and sneezing all the time? Do you experience skin irritations? Or problems when you eat certain foods? Would you like to find out what could be causing these symptoms? Think it might be an allergy?
Skin prick tests are one of the most common ways to diagnose what you are allergic to. Let’s take a look at how skin prick tests for allergy are done and what the results of a skin prick test can mean for you.
WHAT IS A SKIN PRICK TEST?
A skin prick test is one of the most common diagnostic tools for people with allergy. It doesn’t mean you have skin allergy. Your skin is simply used as a canvas for the test.
Even though you might have symptoms in your eyes, nose, lung or gut, a skin prick test can still show a reaction to your triggers. And the reaction on your skin can then be measured and compared.
Skin prick tests are done when allergy is suspected. A skin prick test may help to identify the triggers, or allergens that could be causing your allergy symptoms. Information from a skin prick test can help your doctor develop a treatment plan for your allergy.
WHEN SHOULD A SKIN PRICK TEST BE DONE?
If your allergy symptoms are mild and the cause is obvious, your health care provider will be able to offer advice and discuss treatment options with you.
But you may be referred for a skin prick test if your symptoms are more severe or it’s not clear what’s causing them. The results of a skin prick test must be analyzed by a health care provider alongside your medical history and symptoms.