Allergy Tests

How should I prepare for the test?

Skin Prick Test:

Tell your doctor about all medicines you’re taking, including over-the-counter medicines. Don’t take antihistamines for 3 to 7 days before the test. It’s okay to use nose [nasal] steroid sprays and asthma medicines. They will not interfere with skin tests. Talk to your allergist’s staff before the testing to find out which medications you can continue using or look here (add link to form.)

Patch Test:

Please follow these directions when getting ready for this test. Check with your/your child’s doctor before you stop the medicine. If the medicine is not stopped before the test we will not be able to complete the test.

Your skin should be clear for 2 weeks before the test if possible.
Avoid exposing your back to the sun for 1 week before the testing.
Stop these medicines for 1 week before your appointment:
topical steroids to the back

Stop these medicines for 3-5 days before the test:

Oral corticosteroids
Non-steroid anti-inflammatories
Do not apply any ointments, creams or lotions to the back 4 hours before the appointment.

Continue to take all your other medicine as you usually do.