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Are allergy skin tests effective? I had a case of hives which lasted 2 weeks a few months ago. I went to an allergist and jad skin tests for environment and food, he found me allergic to cats and dust (that's it). Although, i've had hay fever in the spr

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Dr. Kristin Sokol
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Hives

Hives (or urticaria) lasting 2 weeks not usually related to a environmental allergy.
Allergy skin tests sensitive meaning that the negative results are probably true.

In brief: Hives

Hives (or urticaria) lasting 2 weeks not usually related to a environmental allergy.
Allergy skin tests sensitive meaning that the negative results are probably true.
Dr. Kristin Sokol
Dr. Kristin Sokol
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Many causes

Often the cause of urticaria is never found.
Consider any medications or unusual foods as well as environmental exposures.

In brief: Many causes

Often the cause of urticaria is never found.
Consider any medications or unusual foods as well as environmental exposures.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Allerrgy tests

These are very sensitive and specific but may not give you all the answers in tegards to hives.
Hives are mostly idiopathic and not allergic.

In brief: Allerrgy tests

These are very sensitive and specific but may not give you all the answers in tegards to hives.
Hives are mostly idiopathic and not allergic.
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
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Dr. Marvin Den
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Allergy

Allergy skin tests may or may not be useful for the diagnosis of hives.
Have you done a food diary? Has any other workup been done? Are you on antihistamines?

In brief: Allergy

Allergy skin tests may or may not be useful for the diagnosis of hives.
Have you done a food diary? Has any other workup been done? Are you on antihistamines?
Dr. Marvin Den
Dr. Marvin Den
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