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Allergy

Allergy Testing

Allergies can seem like a roll of the dice: some people never experience them, while others have allergies all year long. People with frequent allergies are encouraged to set up a skin test with our ENT specialists. An allergy skin test at Ogden Clinic screens 34 common allergens in Utah including tree pollen, dust mites, pet dander, grasses, weeds and molds. We can also test food allergens and latex through intradermal injections (blood allergy testing).

This 90-minute allergy skin test at Ogden Clinic is recommended for adults and children in Utah since many allergens can develop even after decades without a reaction.

Allergy skin tests at Ogden Clinic can determine a reaction to several allergens including:

  • Plants including poison ivy, poison oak, and sumac
  • Common food allergens
  • Topical medications
  • Rubber (latex)

How does a skin test work?

There are two different types of allergy skin tests performed at Ogden Clinic: prick-puncture tests and intradermal tests. The prick puncture test introduces allergens to the skin superficially, while an intradermal test involves injecting a small amount of allergen into the skin with a needle.

For an accurate reading, patients must discontinue any antihistamines they are taking prior to their allergy skin test at Ogden Clinic. During the test, your allergy specialist will prick or inject the skin with each allergen individually. It doesn’t take long to find out what is triggering your allergies; reactions tend to develop in about 20 minutes.

If the skin becomes inflamed or develops a bump during your Ogden allergy skin test, the reaction is recorded as an allergen. After all allergens have been tested, your allergy specialist will interpret your results and share them with you. Once you know exactly what you’re allergic to, your Ogden ENT specialist can help you develop a treatment plan to reduce or eliminate your symptoms.