What INTRADERMAL ALLERGY TESTing is For
Skin testing should only be conducted by trained medical professionals who understand the risks involved and can carefully monitor symptoms and reactions. Intradermal allergy tests can test a for a variety of allergies including insect sting allergies and drug allergies.
Insect Bite Allergies
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WHAT TO EXPECT DURING AN INTRADERMAL ALLERGY TEST
An intradermal test, your allergist will most likely screen for a variety of allergies. It may take up to 15 minutes to apply all of the allergens to the skin.
Adults usually get the injections in the arm, while children get them in the back. During the operation, you should expect some moderate discomfort. If you have an adverse reaction, you may experience itching and irritation at the site.
Each site must be monitored for at least 15 minutes after the allergen is applied. Your allergist will search for skin reactions while also keeping an eye out for more severe reactions. Overall, intradermal testing takes 30 to 45 minutes and is performed as an outpatient procedure.
INTRADERMAL TEST VS. ALLERGY SCRATCH TEST
- Both allergy scratch tests and intradermal tests are commonly used in the diagnostic process when diagnosing allergies.
- An allergy scratch test is usually used as a preliminary test. If the results of a skin test are inconclusive, the allergist will then typically conduct an intradermal test.
- In either scenario, an allergist may also recommend blood testing if additional information is needed to confirm or refine a diagnosis.
Are Intradermal Allergy Tests Accurate?
Allergy skin tests in general are very reliable techniques for diagnosing allergies. While not 100 percent accurate, intradermal allergy tests are still widely considered one of the most accurate methods for diagnosing allergies.
You can have a false positive with an intradermal allergy test, or you may react to a substance during testing, but not in the regular course of your life. In any scenario in which results are inconclusive, your allergist may also recommend blood testing.