When the skin comes into contact with a substance to which it is allergic or hypersensitive, its reactions can include swelling, redness or blisters, itching, or a burning sensation. In order to get the right skin care to clear up these symptoms, it’s important to first determine what type of allergen the skin is reacting to. Skin allergy patch testing from our New York City practice is a noninvasive way to accomplish this.
If you’d like to learn more about skin allergy patch testing, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the skin health that you deserve.
Understanding Skin Allergy Patch Testing
Different allergies have different symptoms, but the most common symptom is an itchy rash, often with blisters. There can be stinging or burning as well, and the rash can also ooze, crust, or peel. A skin rash can be caused by either an irritant or an allergy, and its location on the body sometimes helps in diagnosing its cause. A skin prick test or patch test can be used to help identify the particular allergen.
It’s important to correctly diagnose what type of allergen is causing your symptoms, because this can affect the course of treatment that Dr. Green recommends. A skin patch test is used to check for allergic reactions to many substances at the same time.
For this test, paper tapes containing small amounts of many common allergens are applied to the back and left in place for two days. At that time, Dr. Green will remove the tape and study the results, looking for the redness or blisters that indicate an allergic reaction. The skin patch tests are quick, simple procedures that are safe and produce little discomfort.
By interpreting the results of your skin allergy patch test, Dr. Green can accurately diagnose the cause of your skin irritation. From there, she’s able to decide the right approach for treatment. This could be oral medication, topical creams or lotions or a combination of both. In some cases, the best treatment is simply minimizing contact with the allergen.
If you want a better approach to treatment for your skin rash or irritation, there’s finally a solution that can help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether skin allergy patch testing may be right for you.