Everyday we are exposed to many allergens and irritants including our food, cosmetics or substances we are using including hair dye, metals, leather. However we are not aware about any specific allergen to avoid or proper treatment.
Our allergy clinic helps you with proper history taking, clinical correlation and counseling to identify, avoid and treatment of allergies.
1.What allergy test is done?
Patch testing is generally done to see whether a particular substance is causing allergic skin irritation (contact dermatitis). Patch tests can detect delayed allergic reactions, which can take several days to develop.
Is it painful?
No. Patch tests don't use needles. Instead, allergens are applied to patches, which are then placed on your skin. During a patch test, your skin may be exposed to 20 to 30 extracts of substances that can cause contact dermatitis. These can include latex, medications, fragrances, preservatives, hair dyes, metals and resins.
How long it take to know the results?
You wear the patches on your arm or back for 48 hours. During this time, you should avoid bathing and activities that cause heavy sweating. The patches are removed when you return to your doctor's office. Irritated skin at the patch site may indicate an allergy.