How are allergy skin tests done?

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Dr. Bullock explained that allergy testing is very quick, taking less than a minute and most children tolerate it very well.

"There are no needles involved," she said.

"We use a plastic disposable device that has eight plastic prongs on it. Each prong is dipped into a different allergen serum, such as purified dust mite, purified ragweed pollen, etc. The plastic tool's prongs are pushed up against the back and give several tiny pricks on the skin at once. It feels similar to having a prickly hairbrush pushed against the back."