Skin Prick Testing
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) Allergy Skin Prick Testing is the most common method of diagnosing specific allergies. A very small amount of certain allergens, for example a grass pollen or animal dander, is put into the patient’s skin by making a small indentation or “prick” on the surface of the skin.
If the allergy is positive, a little swelling that looks like a mosquito bite will occur where the allergen was introduced. Results are easy to read and interpret and make specific allergy diagnosis a simple procedure. Patients don’t have to wait long to find out what is triggering their allergies. Reactions occur within about 20 minutes. Skin tests are performed in a physician’s office to assure the test results are read properly and to minimize the risk of rare side effects.
The Morrow disposable lancet makes allergy testing painless and non-frightening. Each disposable lancet consistently makes a standard penetration, giving increased accuracy and eliminating the variation of scratch based needles or differing staff technique. The inexpensive disposable lancet offers a safe, beneficial, and economical answer to many problems common to traditional allergy testing methods.