Pediatric allergists/immunologists use special testing methods to test for allergies and immune conditions. There are new tests that are almost painless. Allergies can be tested for in several ways. Testing is done at the doctor's office, and usually takes less than an hour.
Skin prick tests are safe and check for immediate allergic reactions to up to 40 different substances. Children usually get skin prick tests on their upper back. Skin tests are not painful, and your child will not bleed or feel more than a mild, momentary discomfort.
Skin injection tests are done by injecting a small amount of allergen extract into the skin on the arm. This is usually done to test for allergies to insect venom or penicillin.
Patch tests are done to see if a certain substance is causing the allergic skin reaction. Patch tests find delayed allergic reactions that could take a few days. Patches are taken off at the doctor’s office and the skin is checked for irritation after a few days.
What treatments options are available for my child?
Our priority is to decrease symptoms so children can lead a healthy and active life. Your child may be prescribed allergy medicine to treat allergy symptoms.