Skin prick testing (SPT) is a major diagnostic tool in the field of allergy. SPT is recommended as a primary method for the identification of allergic sensitivities in such conditions as allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and asthma, atopic dermatitis, and food related acute urticaria, eczema and anaphylaxis.
SPT involves the introduction of small amounts of suspected allergens onto and just below the surface of the skin. A small, superficial break in the skin is made with prickers which have been dipped in allergen extracts. The skin is then closely observed for 15 minutes for signs of a wheal and flare reaction. SPT has a high sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of allergic sensitivities. It is well tolerated, carries low risk and delivers rapid results.
At Allergy First Gold Coast clinic and Allergy First Brisbane clinic we conduct skin prick tests in addition to other Allergy Tests