Allergy Skin Testing and Immunotherapy

What is the ideal patient profile for allergy testing and immunotherapy?

The ideal immunotherapy patient suffers from environmental allergies.  The immunotherapy patient may have only experienced partial benefits or had unsuccessful experiences with standard allergy medications that failed to provide a solution. 

How is the test performed?

A skin prick test, also called a scratch test, checks for the top 50 airborne and mold allergens (including dust mites, weeds, trees, grasses, molds, pet dander and cockroach) locally and 20 food allergens.  In adults, the test is usually done on the forearm.  Children may be tested on the upper back.

Before you leave the doctors office, you’ll know the results of the scratch test.  A positive skin test means that you may be allergic to a particular substance.  A negative skin test means you probably aren’t allergic to a particular allergen.

How is immunotherapy administered?

Your allergy treatment plan may include medications, immunotherapy, changes to your work or home environment or dietary changes.  Your doctor will explain anything about your diagnosis and treatment.  With test results that identify your allergens and treatment plan to help you take control, you’ll be able to reduce or eliminate allergy signs and symptoms.

What is required prior to testing?

An ENT exam is performed by one of our physicians and determines if testing is medically appropriate.  The patient will then undergo a series of questions by the Allergy RN and set up their appointment for testing.