Allergy Clinic P.A.  
Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Staff Information

Dr. Snodgrass is Board Certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology which is a conjoint board of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics

Procedure Information

Procedure Description:
Allergy Testing

What To Expect:
Small amounts of possible allergic material are applied to the forearm or back with a device that causes a scratch/pinch sensation. Allergic reactions will illicit an area of swelling and itching resembling a mosquito bite reaction. After a 20 minute observation period, the materials are removed. Depending on the reaction and the age of the patient, this may be followed by further testing involving the introduction of possible allergic material underneath the skin of the upper arm. This is performed with a small needle similiar to that used in TB skin testing.

No antihistamines for at least 72 hours before testing.Some medications must be avoided longer.

May take antihistamines and apply cold compresses and Cortisone cream after procedure complete