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Skin Testing

If you have an allergy, your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) to a substance you inhaled, touched or ate.

So how can you be sure which allergens are responsible for your symptoms? Allergy tests, combined with a physical examination and medical history, can give precise information about what you are, as well as what you are not, allergic to.

Skin testing consists of introducing small amount of the suspected substance, allergen, into the skin and recording the response 20 minutes after application. A positive reaction consists of a wheal (swelling) and flare (surrounding area of redness). 

Many people with untreated allergy symptoms aren’t aware of how much better they will feel once their symptoms are properly diagnosed and managed.


Medications to Avoid Before Allergy Test

Oral antihistamines: Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra,  Clarinex, Xyzal, Benadryl, AlleRx, Atarax, Aldex

Cough & cold meds: Actifed, Dimetapp, Dristan, Drixoral, Tavist, Trinalin, Histussin

Sleep aids: Dayquil, Nyquil, Tylenol PM

Nasal sprays: Astelin, Astepro, Patanase, Dymista

Other medications: Zantac, Pepcid, Phenergan, amitriptyline, doxepin, imipramine, Remeron, meclizine.

Please let the physician and the medical staff know:

– If you are pregnant
– If you have a fever or are wheezing
– ALL medications you are taking (bring a list)

Dr. Randhawa would always be present during skin testing since occasional reactions may require treatment. These reactions may consist of any of the following symptoms: Nasal congestion, runny nose, itchy eyes or throat, wheezing, tightness of chest or throat, lightheadedness, faintness, nausea and vomiting, local or generalized itching and rash and rarely anaphylaxis. Dr. Randhawa and our staff is well trained to treat you in case of a reaction.

Medications to continue before allergy test:

Oral: Singulair, Sudafed
Nasal sprays: Flonase, Veramyst, Nasonex, Omnaris, Rhinocort, Nasocort, Atrovent, flunisolide, Qnasl, Zetonna
Asthma Meds: All are OK to continue
Antacids: Tums, Prilosec, Prevacid (any PPI)

Additional questions not mentioned here?

For more detailed information pertaining to skin testing feel free to contact our office at (954) 717-1919 during normal business hours or anytime.