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Is the scratch test for environmental allergies accurate and useful?

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Incredibly

Skin prick testing is the most accurate way to test for environmental allergies.
Blood testing is the 2nd most accurate although a far cry from skin testing. All other non-approved forms of testing............Well, i simply state, "let the buyer beware!" there is a reason insurance doesn't cover the non-approved methods...

In brief: Incredibly

Skin prick testing is the most accurate way to test for environmental allergies.
Blood testing is the 2nd most accurate although a far cry from skin testing. All other non-approved forms of testing............Well, i simply state, "let the buyer beware!" there is a reason insurance doesn't cover the non-approved methods...
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

This is the original technique first described by charles blakley in 1873.
Its disadvantages include false-postives, more painful than the prick test, and not as reproducible as intradermal skin test. Because of these and other drawbacks this form of testing is no longer recommended as a diagnostic procedure.

In brief: No

This is the original technique first described by charles blakley in 1873.
Its disadvantages include false-postives, more painful than the prick test, and not as reproducible as intradermal skin test. Because of these and other drawbacks this form of testing is no longer recommended as a diagnostic procedure.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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