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What tests do doctors use to diagnose anaphylaxis?

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Your doctor will use a series of tests to check how you react to things that cause allergies. Some tests just examine your blood, but others involve exposing you to a bit of the stuff that might cause your allergy:

  • Skin prick or scratch testing: The doctor places a small drop of allergen on your skin and scratches but doesn’t break the skin’s surface.
  • Intradermal, or percutaneous testing: The allergens go under your skin and the doctor watches for signs of an allergic reaction.

SOURCES: 

Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters: "The diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis practice parameter: 2010 Update."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Anaphylaxis."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Anaphylaxis."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Anaphylaxis: Overview.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis: Symptoms.”

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

SOURCES: 

Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters: "The diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis practice parameter: 2010 Update."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Anaphylaxis."

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia: "Anaphylaxis."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: “Anaphylaxis: Overview.”

Mayo Clinic: “Anaphylaxis: Symptoms.”

UpToDate.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 11, 2018

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