Allergy testing at Soni Medical includes either skin or blood tests.
Skin tests involve creating small pricks in your skin. The Soni Medical team places tiny amounts of a suspected allergen on each prick site. If you’re allergic to one of the tested substances, your skin swells up at the site within around 20 minutes. Skin tests can check your reaction to up to 40 different allergens at one time.
Blood tests are very straightforward. A member of the Soni Medical team takes some of your blood, usually from your arm, and then uses laboratory testing to determine what your allergens are.
Both skin tests and blood tests are helpful for allergy testing, so you may need both, depending on your situation. For example, testing for gluten and lactose allergies, an important part of the medical weight loss program at Soni Medical, is done with blood testing.
But, if you’re testing for airborne allergies like pet dander, pollen, or mold, the skin test is generally preferred.