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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenthal
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
1 sec and 20 min: Putting on the test takes 1 or 2 seconds. You then wait 20 minutes to have the tests read.
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Rosch
48 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Best allergy test: Scratch or prick skin testing is the primary skin test method used by allergists. A drop of the material in question is put on the surface of the skin ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Allergy skin test: Allergy skin tests in the hands of a trained allergist are very helpful in determining the most likely causes of allergy symptoms. No test is perfect, ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lee Perry
Dr. Lee Perry answered
16 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Tests for allergies: Allergy scratch tests are used to assess whether or not you are allergic to pollen, mold, pets, dust mites, insects, foods, etc...
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Allergy test: An allergist will introduce small amounts of specific antigens or substances that can cause allergy through a small needle into the skin. The allergis ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dennis Diaz
37 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
No: This is the original technique first described by charles blakley in 1873. Its disadvantages include false-postives, more painful than the prick test ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Nelson
32 years experience Family Medicine
Zyrtec or Claritin (loratadine): Both of these meds are used to treat chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives without cause).
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Not enough info: You are asking the wrong question. ALL tests for food allergies are unreliable. The question needs to be related directly to your PRECISE symptoms. "P ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
23 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Skin allergy testing can check for number of allergens. These include environmental and food allergens.
A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See an allergist: You should find an expert to help you out on this. Food allergy is rarely a cause for chronic hives.

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