Skin testing combined with a physician examination and medical history of your child’s symptoms is the most reliable, cost effective and rapid approach to determining what your child is or is not allergic to.
If your child is troubled by any of these symptoms or allergic reactions, please ask your doctor about allergy testing:
- Itchy eyes, nose and throat
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Hives, itchiness or other skin condition
- Restless, poor sleep, or snoring
Which allergens will I be tested for?
Your child will be tested for the 50 airborne allergens in your area and 20 non-inhalant foods. We will test for dust mites, proteins from pet hair and dander, trees, grass and weed pollen, molds and cockroach droppings and foods.
What is involved in allergy testing?
A skin scratch test is a diagnostic test for the medical diagnosis of allergies that attempt to provide a small, controlled, allergic response. A skin test is a painless way to test your child’s sensitivity to many different environmental allergens ranging from dust mites to pollen to various trees and grasses. During the test, plastic skin scratchers are dipped in antigens and gently pressed against your child’s back or arms.
Will my health insurance pay for testing and treatment?
Almost all private insurance providers (Blue Cross, Aetna, United, Cigna, etc…) allow for coverage of both the test and the medication to treat the results of the tests. While every health insurance policy if different, and usually involves a small co-payment, we are happy to verify benefits and provide an estimate of expenses in advance.