An allergy frequently affects the skin. An allergic reaction is an exaggerated reaction to a harmless substance (called allergen) that normally should be tolerated.

There are different type of allergic skin reactions:

  • urticaria and angioedema of allergic origin,
  • contact allergy,
  • atopic eczema,
  • solar allergy,
  • drug rash,..

Finding the cause of the allergic reaction often is the most challenging part of the diagnosis and requires besides a physical examination and a detailed history of the symptoms, the conductance of allergy tests.

Allergy tests can help to confirm or to rule out an allergy.

The skin tests use for this purpose are prick tests and patch tests which have different indications. Depending on the symptoms we will determine the type of test to be conducted and the selection of allergens that should be tested.

Correct allergy diagnosis is of utmost importance to limit unnecessary avoidance, reduce the symptoms and to improve the quality of life.

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