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What is a skin prick allergy test?

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The skin prick test is the most common allergy skin test. First, you get a series of tiny drops of allergens on your skin, usually on your back. Then you get a quick needle prick in the skin underneath each drop. If you're allergic, you'll get a dime-sized hive that's red and itchy at the needle prick site. You may need a follow-up test to check the results.

From: Allergy Tests and Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What is allergy testing?" 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Immunotherapy."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "How Allergy Shots Can Help Control Increasing Asthma Rates."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: asthma triggers and management."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 29, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: What is allergy testing?" 

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Immunotherapy."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "How Allergy Shots Can Help Control Increasing Asthma Rates."

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Tips to Remember: asthma triggers and management."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on January 29, 2019

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