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A 34-year-old member asked:

How many years is an allergy test good for, before you have to recheck it?

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Dr. Maziar Rezvani
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Depends...: If you were skin tested (+) to environmental allergens as an adult, i usually do not recommend re-skin testing unless you change geographic location or you suspect a new allergy such as an animal from prolonged exposure.

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A 31-year-old member asked:

Can you let me know how many years is an allergy test good for?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Depends: Since allergies can change over time--develop more or sometimes lose allergies, it can be helpful to retest. While there is no one single correct answer, i generally test if symptoms suggest a new allergy or there is a new exposure. There is no reason to repeatedly test a patient already on allergy shots. To follow kids with food allergies, testing once a year is standard to assess for tolerance.

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Last updated Jul 5, 2012

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