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Patch Testing

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Scottsdale, AZ & Gilbert, AZ

If you’re having allergy symptoms and need relief, the best way to take control is through allergy testing at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD. At the two locations in Scottsdale and another in Gilbert, Arizona, the experienced team performs patch tests for all types of common contact irritants and metal allergies. Besides the expansive menu of irritants they test for, you can bring in suspected irritants like specific shampoos or even fabrics for assessment. Book your patch testing appointment by calling the office nearest you or scheduling online.

Patch Testing Q & A

What is patch testing?

Patch testing is a way to determine your allergens.  The Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD, team performs patch testing to check for allergies to common contact irritants, metals, latex, and many other types of allergies. 

Patch testing checks your reactions to a wide range of allergens, and it’s also customizable. You can bring suspected irritants, such as a certain kind of body wash or a specific garment like a work uniform, into the office for allergy testing, too.  

This type of test is ideal for finding the cause of your allergic skin reactions. Patch tests can even detect allergic reactions that can take hours or days to appear under normal circumstances. 

If your skin is too sensitive for patch testing, you may need blood testing instead. Blood allergy testing is also a common way to follow food sensitivity changes when you’re undergoing oral immunotherapy. 

How does patch testing work?

In patch testing, your Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD, care provider applies a tiny amount of different possible allergens to small patches. They apply the patches to your skin, usually on either your arm or back. 

Usually, patch testing checks for multiple allergens at one time, so you may have many patches spaced slightly apart. You’ll wear the patches for 48 hours. The team gives you specific guidelines to follow while wearing the patches, such as avoiding bathing and strenuous exercise. 

After wearing the patches for the entire test period, you’ll return to the office for removal. As your care providers remove the patches, they check for local skin reactions that indicate allergies.

What can I expect after patch testing?

After patch testing, the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD, customizes a treatment plan, which may include: 

  • An oral medication, like antihistamines and steroids
  • Topical medications, like steroid creams
  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
  • Changes in your environment
  • Dietary changes

The team offers continued support during your allergy treatment, including a 24-hour nurse triage phone line for established allergy patients. 

For allergy patch testing with compassion and care, you can count on the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Associates, LTD, specialists. Call the office in your area, or schedule your consultation online.