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Allergy testing

Finding out what you are allergic to is an important first step to effectively treating your allergy symptoms. When combined with a detailed medical history, allergy testing can identify the specific things that trigger your allergic reactions.

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What it is

Allergy testing can be done as blood tests or skin tests that may involve a drop of allergen on the surface of the skin or a small amount of allergen injected into the skin of the arm or forearm.

 

Good for treating

Testing can help identify allergies to:

  • animal dander
  • dust mites
  • insect venom
  • molds
  • pollens

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Reviewed by: Kenneth Johns, MD

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Last reviewed: 2/16/2017