You will have a consultation with the doctor to review your medical history, and a physical exam will be performed. The allergist will determine what allergy testing you need depending on your history and symptoms. The nurse or medical assistant will apply all testing necessary on your first visit, and the physician will read all testing when done. You will be given a complete list of the testing and a list of their results at the end of your visit. We ask you to plan on your first visit lasting 1 ½ to 2 hours.
Anywhere from 8 to 80 different allergens are tested. It will take the nurse or medical assistant about 2-3 minutes to place the allergens on your skin. Generally, the prick or scratch test will be placed on your back. You will feel a slight prick as these are placed on your skin with a plastic applicator. If you are allergic to any antigens placed on your skin, a small red bump will appear, and the area may itch. The doctor will read the results of these tests in 15-20 minutes and determine if any additional testing is done. Stronger testing is done by an intradermal test that places a small amount of the antigen under your skin with a very thin needle. These tests will also be read in 15-20 minutes by the doctor.
Skin testing is covered through most insurance plans. To get individualized coverage information, you should check with your insurance company. Your insurance policy may require deductibles to be paid or that you have a referral from your Primary Care Physician before your policy would cover your appointment.