When you are allergic, your body is reacting to a particular substance that should not normally bother you. These substances are called allergens. Typical allergens include pollens, dust mites, animal dander, foods, insect stings and even medicines. To determine which substances are triggering your symptoms, your allergist-immunologist will test your skin using tiny amounts of commonly troublesome allergens.
Allergy testing is generally safe and effective. Under the guidance of a trained allergist-immunologist, allergen skin test is considered the gold standard for the diagnosis of allergy.
Watch this video to see what a typical visit for an allergy skin testing is like:
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