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What is the most common way to test for allergies?

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The most common way to test for allergies is with a skin test. That's because it gives the fastest, most accurate results.

The one doctors use most often is called a scratch test. A doctor or nurse will put a tiny drop of an allergen on your skin. Next, she'll prick your skin or make a small scratch on the surface to let the allergen get underneath it. If one of the areas swells up and gets red like a mosquito bite, it means you're allergic to that allergen. It usually takes about 15 minutes to find out.

From: How Does a Doctor Diagnose an Allergy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Allergy Testing," "Diagnosing Allergies."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Colds and the Flu: Tips for Feeling Better."

Cleveland Clinic: "Allergies," "Allergy Overview," "Allergy Tests."

Food Allergy Research and Education: "Food Elimination Diet," "Oral Food Challenges."

Kidshealth.org: "Allergy Testing," "How Do Doctors Test for Allergies?" "Serious Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 08, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Allergy Testing," "Diagnosing Allergies."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Colds and the Flu: Tips for Feeling Better."

Cleveland Clinic: "Allergies," "Allergy Overview," "Allergy Tests."

Food Allergy Research and Education: "Food Elimination Diet," "Oral Food Challenges."

Kidshealth.org: "Allergy Testing," "How Do Doctors Test for Allergies?" "Serious Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 08, 2019

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