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Skin prick allergen test

Parent specialty: Cardio Respiratory Unit (CRU)

The results of this test will help doctors to assess if a patient has an allergy related problem. The results will be discussed at a follow-up clinic appointment.

The test
The skin prick allergy test is the most widely used allergy test.

Drops of different allergens (“things you may be allergic to”) are placed directly onto the skin of the forearm, and the skin is gently pricked through the allergen solution using a small lancet.

Any skin reaction to the allergen (i.e. inflammation) is measured after 15 minutes and the solutions are then washed off.

This is a safe test, however the patient may experience some itching that may cause slight discomfort. This usually subsides within an hour. They may experience a slight scratch from the pinprick.

What is test for?
Different Allergens tested for may include:

  • Pollens (i.e. Flowers, Weeds)

  • Pets (i.e. Cat, Dog)

  • Moulds

  • House Dust Mite

If there is anything specific that the patient can think of, it is useful to mention this to the physiologist performing the test so that it may be included.

Before the test

  • Please do not use any antihistamine preparations for two days before the appointment

  • Please continue to take all other medication as normal

  • Please wear clothing that will allow easy access to the forearms

Please allow 40 minutes for the test. If there are any questions regarding this test please phone the department on 02476 865128 and ask to speak to the Respiratory Physiologist.

Finding the department
From the main entrance walk by the teabar and shop and then take a right at the crossroads just before you reach the XRay and pathology departments there is a lift or a set of stairs, go up to the first floor, we are on the right if you use the lift and left if you use the stairs.

The results will be visible at the time of testing. A written copy of the results will be sent to the requesting hospital consultant who will then inform the patient's GP as appropriate.

Updated July 2018