At PAAS, we perform a comprehensive, mostly needle-free skin test panel consisting of environmental and food allergens at your first visit. Expanded testing may be available in special cases. This procedure consists of small amounts of protein from each allergen to be placed on the most superficial layer of skin to determine the extent of your body’s allergic response. Your results will be reviewed with you at the time of your visit by the provider. Check with your insurance regarding allergy testing costs as this can vary with each plan. To skin test, you must be off of all antihistamine containing medications for at least four days.
We use epicutaneous testing as an initial screening tool to detect IgE to an allergy. While this is considered valid testing, we may place additional intradermals to identify clinically significant allergy missed by epicutaneous testing due to its higher sensitivity.