Allergy Testing

Skin testing for allergies is used to identify the substances that are causing your allergy symptoms.

It is often performed by applying an extract of an allergen to your skin, scratching or pricking the skin to allow exposure, and then evaluating the skin's reaction.

A very small amount of certain allergens is put into your skin by making a small indentation or “prick” on the surface of your skin.

If you have allergies, just a little swelling will occur where the allergen(s) which you are allergic to was introduced. If you are allergic to ragweed pollen but not to cats, only the ragweed allergen will cause a little swelling or itching. The spot where the cat allergen was applied will remain normal.

You don’t have to wait long to find out what is triggering your allergies. Reactions occur within about 15 minutes. And you generally won’t have any other symptoms besides the small hives where the tests were done, which go away within 30 minutes.

At our clinic, we do 41 foods and 40 environmental allergy tests. The environmental are all weed, tress that are indigenious to Michigan. We use Multi Test II allegy test applicator, one of the most advanced allergy skin testing system. Each applicator can do 8 different allergens at one time with minimum discomfort.