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Why would you get allergy skin tests if you have asthma?

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Your doctor may recommend skin tests if they think a specific allergen is causing your asthma symptoms. Allergy skin tests are quick, fairly reliable, and cost-effective. Your doctor will have test results usually within an hour of the skin test.

If you have poorly controlled asthma, trouble breathing, or a high risk of anaphylactic reactions, your doctor may wait to do skin tests.

Ask your doctor if you need to do anything before the test. For example, you should stop taking antihistamines before you get an allergy test. Your doctor may have other specific instructions, too.

From: Allergy Tests and Asthma WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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