Allergy Testing: What to Expect

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Hello, I am Dr. Kirsten Kloepfer and I’m a
member of the allergy team at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. In
this video, I’ll share with you what to expect during your child’s allergy test. The purpose of an allergy test is to determine if your child has an allergic
condition caused by either an environmental factor or food. An allergy
test can confirm if eating, touching, or breathing a certain substance is
contributing to your child’s symptoms. The information found during the allergy
test will help your child’s doctor determine if an allergen is linked to
your child’s condition and what needs to be avoided. We want your child’s allergy
test to go as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Prepare your child ahead of time by explaining to them that it’s very
important to listen and cooperate with our allergy team. Also, do not give an
antihistamine to your child for at least one week prior to your appointment. On
the day of the test be sure to arrive on time to your scheduled appointment. You
can expect the testing process to take about an hour, however, depending on your history it may take longer. During the allergy test, your child will
be asked to lay flat on their stomach with their back exposed. After the area
is cleaned with alcohol, an allergy team member will apply a bit of each allergen
that is being tested. This is done using a tool called a probe. It pricks the skin
very quickly in one spot. The tool does not draw blood, but may cause mild
discomfort. Once the allergen or allergens have been applied, your child
will need to continue to lie on their stomach for about 15 minutes. After 15
minutes, the allergy specialist will examine the places where the allergen
was applied to see if there was a reaction. Each test is scored and the
significance of the result is shared. Your child’s allergy specialist will
discuss the results with you and determine if any environmental changes,
dietary changes, or medication is needed to manage symptoms. Remember, if you have questions during the process please feel free to ask one
of the allergy team specialists. For more information visit Thank you for choosing IU Health.

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