The doctor suspects that my son has allergies and recommended that we get him tested. What kind of tests should we expect? - Polly
The two main types of allergy tests are skin tests and blood tests:
With a skin prick or scratch test, the skin is scratched or pricked with a tiny bit of liquid extract of an allergen (such as pollen or food). If the area swells up and becomes red (like a mosquito bite), the test is said to be positive, meaning that the child is allergic to that substance. Skin testing allows the doctor to see within about 15 minutes if a child is allergic to the substances tested.
A blood test may be used if a skin test can't be done. It takes a few days to get the results of blood tests.
Talk to your doctor or allergist about the specific test that will be done.