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what is a scratch test and what are the risks?

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Dr. Powlin Manuel
50 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Tests for allergy!: Scratch tests are used for detecting allergens for a particular patient. When we say that you are allergic to penicillin, we mean that your immune system makes an antibody called ige antibody against penicillin, which can result in a reaction. When we do a scratch test, we apply the possible allergens on the skin with a scratch. If you are allergic to that item, it will show a local itchy reaction.
Answered on Dec 21, 2012

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