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What is the best method of testing for allergies?

Skin tests for allergies are the quickest, easiest and most affordable method, and they are more reliable than blood tests. Blood tests are ideal for patients with sensitive skin who can’t tolerate skin tests.

Skin Allergy Tests: Everything you need to know

Skin tests involve placing a small amount of a potential allergen on or beneath the skin to see if a reaction develops.

Here’s what to expect when you arrive at SFENTA™ for your skin allergy test:

The site of the test (either your back or arm) will be cleansed thoroughly.

We will place small drops of potential allergens on your skin.

We will then prick your skin with a needle, allowing each allergen to penetrate beneath the surface. Or, we may inject the allergen directly into your skin.

After about 15 minutes, we will evaluate your skin for red and itchy areas. If a reaction develops on your skin, it means that you are possibly allergic to that substance.

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Blood Allergy Tests

Everything you need to know

Blood allergy tests look for specific antibodies that are in your blood. To complete this test, we will simply draw a small amount of your blood and send it to the lab to look for allergy-related antibodies.

The most common blood allergy test is enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, which measures the level of immunoglobulin E in your blood stream. Higher levels of this antibody are often present in people with allergies or asthma.

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