Patch testing is a specialized procedure that tests for skin allergies. Allergies may occur to substances that Patch Testing come in contact with your skin. When this happens, a rash develops. An example is a rash that develops to nickelPatch Testing in jewelry. Skin allergy is different than breathing allergies. In an Allergist’s office, you may be tested with pin-prick testing. When we test for skin allergy, we apply patches to your back.

Can I undergo patch testing?
Before you can be tested, there are a few requirements. Your back, or most of it, must not have the rash. You cannot be taking prednisone by mouth or applying topical steroids to your back.You can not have been treated with UVB or PUVA light treatments in the few days before the testing.We do not ever test pregnant women.
How is it done?
Patch testing appointments are always made as two-part appointments spaced 72 hours apart. On the first visit, we will discuss what substances you are exposed to. These include products that you use on your skin and substancesPatch Testing that you may come into contact with at work or during hobbies. Please try to be as thorough as possible when discussing possible exposures. This helps us to determine what substances we will test.Small amounts of these substances, which we call allergens, are then placed on small patches. These patches come in groups of 10 and are applied to your back. We reinforce these with tape because they need to stay in place for 48 hours.