How patch testing helps Barrington area specialists in diagnosing allergies causing rashes
For patients suffering from allergies, patch testing is a way for doctors to determine which particular substances are causing symptoms. During a patch test, your skin will be exposed to small levels of known allergy causing substances (allergens). These areas will then be looked at for signs of reaction. By finding the cause of your allergic reaction, our team is able to come up with a treatment plan to help you manage, reduce, or eliminate symptoms.
Skin patch testing can be done for a variety of allergic conditions, including:
- Dermatitis (rashes)
- Food allergies
- Drug allergies
- Latex allergies
During your initial appointment, our team will ask you questions about your medical history, your symptoms, and your methods for alleviating those symptoms. We will also perform a physical exam.
It is important to disclose any medications you are taking prior to patch testing. Certain medicines can prevent accurate results and others may aggravate an allergic reaction, this will be reviewed at the doctor’s office.
The patch test requires patients to wear a patch with the allergen on the skin for a period of 48 hours. Patients are encouraged to avoid bathing and activities that can cause severe sweating. After 48 hours, you will return to our office to have the patches removed. If the skin underneath a patch is irritated, it may indicate an allergy.
Once we have determined the cause of your allergy symptoms, we will work with you to come up with a treatment plan to manage them.
Patch testing is a great tool because it is a highly monitored, low risk way to determine the cause of allergic reactions. It can be used on everyone from infants to adults.
If you live in the Barrington area and you would like to learn more about patch testing or other ways to test for allergies, call us today to schedule a consultation.