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Old 06-12-2007, 10:29 PM   #1
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Allergy skin testing: arm vs. back

Hi all,

I am having allergy testing done in a couple weeks. The last couple times I had this done at the allergists, it was done on my back. This time I am having it done by an allergist associated with my ENT and they are going to do it on my arm. I know the testing is checking my body's reaction to each item, but I was wondering about other's experiences with this and if there is any difference in accuracy based on the location of the testing.

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Re: Allergy skin testing: arm vs. back

No. It's a matter of the area available for the number of scratches. They must feel that your arms give them enough room.

 
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Re: Allergy skin testing: arm vs. back

I recently went to the allergist's office and they did all my testing in one visit. I had my entire back covered, and both arms as well. On my upper arms, they were individual injections? and on the lower arms, it was just like the stuff they used on my back. I would assume if it weren't as accurate on the arms, they wouldn't do it there? Hopefully not.. LOL

 
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Re: Allergy skin testing: arm vs. back

I think it just depends on how much space they need or what their preferences are. When I had my testing done I had a first round done on my arms, then I went back and had more extensive testing done on my back with a lot more pin *****s!

 
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Re: Allergy skin testing: arm vs. back

I had to have the back, arms and legs employed for all my allergies. I had an ENT just do the arm.. but they results were too biased because of site reaction bleed that the resulting serum put me in the hospital. I went to the top state allergist and immunologist and they carefully tested me and the did a spread out refinement study on my arms and legs. If they put more than a dozen test sites on you arm.. look out.. and question their validity.

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Hi I had 8 on both arms, the doctors said that he cannot do any more than that.

I am Allergic to everything I was tested for, Peanuts being one of them...Mandy

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Re: Allergy skin testing: arm vs. back

I had the common food panel done on my arms, and when those showed absolutely zilch in 20 minutes.....they did bloodwork.

The trip before that one...they did trees, grass, molds, dogs/cats/horses, weeds, dust/dust mites. I had a very slight response to maple and dust mites. Nothing else. Again...those were done on the inside of my arms as well.

 
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