The most common and accurate allergy test is skin prick test
Allergy testing can help identify the “cause” of your symptoms. By identifying your symptom triggers, we can take steps to reduce your symptoms and medication needs. Allergy tests can also open the door to effective treatment options such as immunotherapy when appropriate. The most common and accurate allergy test is skin prick test, the results available in 15 minutes. It is not painful or stressful, even infants can tolerate easily. However, certain allergy conditions may require patch or blood test.
Unorthodox testing methods (Vega, Alcat, Kinesiology, Pulse, Bryan’s, Iridology, and Allergy elimination techniques) are not recognised as accurate or reliable, please click here for more information. These techniques often result in false diagnosis, and treatments that are neither required nor proven effective. In food allergy, incorrect diagnosis and treatment can have serious consequences. The Federal Court has imposed heavy penalties against companies and individuals for making false claims and misleading consumers about their allergy testing and treatment procedures. For further information about these penalties please click here
1. Skin Prick Test
At Allergy Doctors, we use the latest Duo plastic tip (no needle) for testing. It is very child friendly and minimal discomfort.
Please stop all medications as listed in your visit for at least 3 days before the visit as this can interfere with the skin test result
***Do not stop your asthma medications (ventolin, preventer inhalers or Singulair)
If you have any concerns or questions before allergy testing, please discuss them with one of our doctors or staff.
2. Patch Test
This test is performed in cases of contact dermatitis or any other allergy is suspected. The allergens are placed on the skin, usually on the back, and are kept in place by hypoallergenic tape. The skin is coded appropriately and the patient is asked to keep the skin dry. The patches are left in place for 48 hours.
After 48 hours the patches are removed, the skin is examined and any redness or swellings are noted. The skin is re-examined after a further 48 hours for any remaining local redness or swelling. The interpretation of this form of testing is not as simple as it sounds and to be carried out by a doctor.
3. Blood tests
In some cases, you may be required to have some blood tests. A follow-up appointment will need to be made to obtain your results. Even if normal, further investigation or discussion may be necessary.
4. Food diary
In some cases, you may be required to keep a food diary.