How Allergy Patch Testing Works

If your doctor suspects that your sensitive skin is actually skin inflammation due to allergies, you may need to undergo patch testing to find out what it is that you’re actually allergic to. Patch testing is pretty simple, and it can be conducted easily on an outpatient basis with little supervision. Here’s what you need to know.

Patch testing is just what it sounds like.

The doctor is going to place suspected allergens on patches, which are then attached to your back. You can be tested for many allergens at one time. The patches will need to remain in place for a few days. Your doctor will give you instructions for keeping them dry and in place, as well as schedule a follow up appointment to view results.

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