Do I Need a Skin Allergy Test?

What is Scratch Testing?

Also known as a prick or scratch test, our board-certified allergy doctors at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia use allergy skin testing for quick, accurate results. If you believe that you may have allergies, learn why it’s crucial to seek diagnostic testing with our team:

When Will My Doctor Order a Skin Test?

It’s important to know that store-bought allergy testing is not only unreliable but unsafe. This is especially the case for patients who may have a food allergy and rely on the results of testing to make lifestyle and dietary changes.

If you are experiencing allergy-like symptoms, it’s best to come into one of our convenient locations so our Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia board-certified specialists can diagnose your condition and ease your concerns. At your appointment, we’ll go over your medical history to try to narrow down your possible triggers. From there, we’ll administer your skin test — which is the most common way to diagnose a specific allergy.

How Skin Testing Works

Skin testing is comparable to small pricks, which we apply on your arms or back. During a scratch/prick allergy test, a drop of a potential allergen is placed on the surface of the skin.

Using needles, we will prick your skin with a small amount of various allergens, and then we’ll wait for a period of time until reactions appear.

Allergy Testing in Metro-Atlanta

Our board-certified allergists at the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia specialize in allergy testing and treatment. To schedule your same-day appointments and next-day telemedicine appointment or in-office visit at any one of our convenient Atlanta area locations in Alpharetta, Carrollton, Hiram, Griffin, Villa Rica, Newnan, Smyrna/Vinings, Peachtree City/Fayetteville, Acworth/Kennesaw, and Douglasville Georgia, please call (770) 459-0620.

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