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What are the tests for allergic rhinitis?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: Skin or blood

Skin testing involves placing drops of extracts of pollen, animal dander, mold, dust mite & food on your arms or back.
If allergic a small hive appears within 20 minutes. An alternative is rast, a blood test that detects the same allergy antibodies found with skin testing. Sometimes one test is needed to confirm the results of the other. Provocation tests are used in cases of "local" allergy.

In brief: Skin or blood

Skin testing involves placing drops of extracts of pollen, animal dander, mold, dust mite & food on your arms or back.
If allergic a small hive appears within 20 minutes. An alternative is rast, a blood test that detects the same allergy antibodies found with skin testing. Sometimes one test is needed to confirm the results of the other. Provocation tests are used in cases of "local" allergy.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Brian Novick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Skin or blood

When you see an allergist, they will first take a detailed history of your symptoms(runny nose, headaches, itchy eyes etc) and then examine you.
Usually a simple scratch test is done(answers within 15-20 minutes)..But some will first do a blood test(aanswers within 2-4 days).

In brief: Skin or blood

When you see an allergist, they will first take a detailed history of your symptoms(runny nose, headaches, itchy eyes etc) and then examine you.
Usually a simple scratch test is done(answers within 15-20 minutes)..But some will first do a blood test(aanswers within 2-4 days).
Dr. Brian Novick
Dr. Brian Novick
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