I am interested in Skin prick test
We conduct a skin prick test if we suspect you are suffering from a type-1 allergy (immediate reaction) to e.g. pollen, animal hair, dust mites or food. The diagnosis may also include a laboratory test.
How is the skin prick test performed?
Drops of various allergens are applied to the inside of the forearm and pricked into the skin with a fine lancet so the substance can penetrate the top layer. This is usually not painful. The test is performed with standardised, industrially manufactured allergens. An aqueous solution and a solution with histamine are applied as a control. After 20 minutes, we check how the skin has reacted by assessing redness and wheel size.
These instructions are important for you!
In order to properly assess the results, we need your help. Therefore, please follow these instructions:
– One week before testing begins, do not apply cortisone cream to the test area. The skin must be dry, clean and free of oil for testing. Do not use any ointments, creams etc. on the day of testing.
– Please let us know if you suffer from severe asthma, you take beta blockers or you are pregnant.
– In rare cases, systemic allergic reactions may occur during testing. Please let us know immediately if you notice any nausea, tingling, shortness of breath or palpitations during the test.
– In order to obtain meaningful results, the following medications must be temporarily discontinued beforehand.
- Antihistamines (e.g. Lorano, cetirizine, Telfast, Xusal, Aerius, Ebastel): five days
- Cortisone (e.g. prednisone, prednisolone) for short-term treatment (less than ten days): one week
- Cortisone (e.g. prednisone, prednisolone) for long-term treatment (more than ten days): three weeks
- Tricyclic antidepressants (e.g. imipramine, amitriptyline, desipramine): two weeks
- Neuroleptics (e.g. promethazine): five days
Please do not simply stop taking medication. Please ask your doctor beforehand whether this is possible.