Allergy Testing

At Advance Management Services, we offer allergy scratch testing to determine where the problem is occurring in order to provide the best care to your patients. Once the allergies are diagnosed, the physician can recommend a treatment plan to begin the recovery process.

Allergy Skin Test
An allergy skin test is used to identify the substances that are causing the allergic reaction. The allergy test is done by using a simple “scratch” technique – also known as “prick testing” – which involves a painless scratch on the surface of the skin and introducing a small amount of allergen extract to create a reaction. Offending allergens produce a wheal (a raised, red area similar to a mosquito bite) in varying sizes depending on the severity of the reaction. These reactions are measured to determine which allergens a patient is most sensitive to and then utilized to create the patient’s own unique form of treatment.

Test results are available within 15-20 minutes of testing, and reflect more sensitive allergies that may not be shown on blood tests, therefore yielding more complete results. Patients can physically see almost immediately exactly what is triggering their allergies. Adults and children over the age of 2 can be tested for allergies. It is especially helpful in patients with asthma, allergic pneumonia, cough, dermatitis, insect allergy, rhinitis, sinusitis, urticarial and angioedema.

 

Learn More About Allergy Testing:

Skin testing to detect allergen-specific IgE has been in clinical use for over 100 years [1]. Many different techniques and devices have been developed to perform skin tests. Some techniques have been abandoned due to their low reproducibility and painful nature while others have proven useful and continue to be part of the allergy specialist’s practice more than 30 years after their introduction [2]. A skin prick test (SPT) can detect tissue-bound IgE and an atopic state in patients with a type 1 allergy. It can be used to provoke an immediate hypersensitivity response in the skin [3] when the point of the device is used to prick/puncture the stratum corneum, resulting in exposure of the epidermis to an allergen (extract) solution. Antigen presented to tissue mast cells cross-links surface-bound IgE, releasing mediators that stimulate measurable wheal and flare reactions [4].

The prick/puncture method of skin testing is one that has been widely accepted as a safe, dependable, convenient, and cost-effective procedure [35]. Currently, SPT is one of the most widely-used [6] screening [7] and diagnostic tools in modern allergy practice [8] and is considered the “gold standard” method [910] against which other testing methods are sometimes compared.

 

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