What Is Skin Allergy Testing?
Skin allergies are often characterized by the apparently arbitrary appearance of rashes (dermatitis), irritation, and marks on the surface of the skin. These problems can be aesthetically troublesome and also cause a lot of physical discomfort. Consequently, if you’re struggling with a skin rash with itching and/or burning, and believe that it may be due to an allergic reaction, getting the proper testing may be essential for obtaining relief. Helena Dermatology offers effective skin allergy testing (patch testing) to help you identify the specific cause of your skin allergy and develop a strategy to avoid contact with the offending allergen.
How Does Skin Allergy Testing Work?
The most common procedure for skin allergy testing is called patch testing. During this testing, potential allergy-causing substances (allergens) are applied to your skin, taped into place, and observed for signs of allergic reaction. This exposure is minimal so as to reduce any possible discomfort you may experience. Along with your medical history, patch testing can confirm whether or not your symptoms are caused by an allergic reaction, and help to determine the specific causative allergen. We are then able to provide you with detailed information on how to prevent or reduce your exposure to the specific allergen.
What Does Skin Allergy Testing Address?
Skin allergy testing (patch testing) can help to determine if a specific allergen is causing your skin reaction. Potential allergens for allergic skin rashes (contact dermatitis) include numerous agents in personal care products such as makeup, soaps, shampoos, lotions, toothpaste, mouthwash, etc., as well as other things that come into contact with your skin regularly, such as plants, metals, rubber, adhesives, medicaments, etc. Identification of specific allergens that may trigger your skin allergy will help us determine the best treatment course for you. In some situations, avoidance of the allergen is enough to control symptoms. In other instances, a topical medicine prescription may be necessary.
What to Expect During Your Visit
A visit to Helena Dermatology is met with a warm welcome and professional service. When you come to us for help with an allergy, we will begin with a thorough consultation and skin allergy testing. Skin testing typically takes about 20-40 minutes. Some tests detect immediate allergic reactions, which develop within minutes of exposure to an allergen. Other tests detect delayed allergic reactions, which develop over a period of several days. Once we’ve determined what causes you to have an adverse reaction, we can provide you with a treatment plan. Certain allergies require ongoing support, therefore scheduling follow-up consultations may be necessary.
Results From Allergy Testing
At Helena Dermatology, we offer different skin allergy testing depending on your specific symptoms. If we conduct a skin prick or intradermal test, you will receive your results shortly before leaving our center. By contrast, a patch test may take several days or more to produce results. Regardless of duration, these testing methods can prove instrumental in helping you live free of allergic reactions.
Skin Allergy Testing in Helena, MT
Helena Dermatology is here to provide you with the care and support you need. Living with an unknown allergy can cause a lot of frustration and discomfort. If you find yourself dealing with puffy eyes, skin rashes, or unusual skin marks, we invite you to take an allergy test at our center. For expert dermatological care and ongoing support with a friendly smile, fill out the form below and schedule an appointment or give us a call at (406) 443-7200.