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Allergy Skin Test
An allergy skin test involves applying an allergen extract such as dust mites, pollen, mold, or food, to the skin of a patient in order to provoke an allergic reaction — in which a reaction indicates the patient is allergic to the specific substance.
The types of allergens used in the allergy skin test are first chosen during the consultation with your physician, after which they may schedule an appointment for the test at a later date. This type of test is appropriate for use with patients of all ages, including infants. The results are available and can be used for diagnosis on the same day. The Allergy Center at Bumrungad International Hospital can carry out skin tests for up to 100 different substances, including:
Patients must avoid anti-allergy medications (oral medications only) for at least 5-7 days prior to taking the test.
If the patient is allergic to a certain substance, a raised reddish spot (hives) will develop along with, possibly, some mild itchiness at the test location on the skin. The size of the localized redness will only be about 3 millimeters, and will usually disappear within a few hours.
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