Posted on Feb 27, 2015 9:43pm PST

In each of our metro Atlanta office locations, the board-certified allergy specialists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia provide a variety of allergy tests for our Atlanta patients. Allergy testing at our medical offices include:

Skin scratch/prick test

Our board-certified allergy specialists apply a small amount of a potential allergen to the skin, and uses a special tool to prick the skin. An allergic reaction typically develops within 20 minutes.

Patch skin test

During the patch skin test, our allergy specialists apply a potential allergen to a patch on the skin of the back. This test is commonly used to determine the cause of contact dermatitis.

Intradermal skin test

The intradermal skin test requires one of our board-certified allergists to inject a small amount of a potential allergen just below the skin.

Blood test

An allergy blood test at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia requires our allergists to draw blood and test the amount of antibodies present in the bloodstream at the introduction of certain allergens or medications.

Lung function tests

Lung function, or pulmonary function, tests include spirometry and methacholine challenge, which primarily tests for asthma.

What Is The Best Allergy Testing Method?

Although each patient is different, most prefer skin tests, such as the scratch/prick test. Typically, this method of allergy testing provides faster results, and costs less than allergy blood tests.

Since some medicines can interfere with the results of skin prick tests, make sure that you provide your allergist with a comprehensive list of any medications that you may be using before the test is conducted.

Some patients prefer allergy blood tests because they only involve a single needle prick, and there is little to no risk of medications interfering with the results.

Each allergy testing methods comes with its own set of pros and cons; to determine which method is right for you, schedule a consultation with one of our Atlanta allergists.

Allergy Testing in Atlanta with Board-Certified Allergy Specialists

Our board-certified allergy specialists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia perform allergy testing for Atlanta patients to determine allergic triggers. Our treatment options vary depending on the type of allergy and its severity.