Discover an Allergen Within Minutes
What is Skin Prick Testing?
Skin prick testing or SPT demonstrates an allergic response to a specific allergen and can help to confirm the presence of an allergy to either a food or an inhaled substance (allergen). It’s a simple, safe and quick test, showing results in 15 to 20 minutes, therefore enabling practitioners to provide diagnosis and management plans for a patient during their appointment.
What Happens During a SPT?
SPT introduces a tiny amount of allergen under the skin, eliciting a small, localised allergic response, in the form of a wheal (bump) and flare (redness) at the site of testing. These tests can be carried out on all age groups, including babies.
These tests are useful if we think a child has had an IgE-mediated
reaction. Typically, a child upon exposure to something they’re allergic too,
reactions within minutes and symptoms include:
We can test for the following:
House dust mite
They are NOT useful for intolerance's. There is NO test for intolerance's and the treatment is to stop eating the suspected food for 4 weeks. If symptoms (classically bloated/tummy pain/loose stools) get better, BRING the food back to make sure problems then return to diagnose the cause.
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