Allergy Patch Test:
We are excited to offer our patients a specialized clinic for Patch Testing. While all of our Providers incorporate this into their treatment, Andrew Mastro PA-C has a special focus in this area.
What is Patch Testing?
We offer T.R.U.E. 36 Antigen Patch Testing. From the experts: ”A Patch test is a patch testing procedure to diagnose allergic contact dermatitis, whereas the diagnosis of irritant contact dermatitis is based on exclusion of an allergic component. Patch testing attempts to reproduce the allergic reaction on the normal skin on the upper back of the patient. The patches are applied and subsequently removed after 48 hours. Reactions are read after 72 – 96 hours. Contact allergen skin testing is a simple and objective scientific method available to physicians to augment the diagnostic process. Often, the patch test response is the crucial piece of information that allows for the early identification of the offending allergen(s) and confirmation of a diagnosis of Allergic Contact Dermatitis (ACD) and/or Irritant Contact Dermatitis (ICD). Once a diagnosis is achieved, the patient can then take appropriate action to avoid exposure to the allergen and, if possible, substitute non-allergenic agents.”
What is Contact Dermatitis?
Contact dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin at the area of contact. There are two types of contact dermatitis – irritant and allergic. Symptoms include itching, redness, warmth, swelling, cracking, pain, scaling and crusting. Skin can crack, bleed and ooze, depending on the severity of the reaction.