Allergy Skin Testing

in Denver and Lone Tree, Colorado

What You Need to Know for Allergy Testing

Thank you for choosing our practice for your allergy needs. There are several methods of skin testing for allergies. Our practice uses the (MQT) Modified Quantitative Method. The skin of your forearm is pricked with a plastic device and depending on your response, we may do some intradermal injections in the upper arm. We will test for 29 different allergens including cat, dot, mite, molds and pollens. We do not do skin testing for food allergies, however, we can order a blood test for food allergies if the physician feels it is medically necessary.

Your skin test appointment generally takes 40-70 minutes depending on the results. We require that you wear a short sleeve or sleeveless shirt for your own comfort. For their safety and comfort, we ask that you leave infants and children with a caregiver. If you have asthma and have an inhaler, please bring it with you to your testing appointment.

Upon completion or your allergy test, we will apply Cortisone cream to your arms. If itching and redness continue, you may reapply Cortisone or Benadryl cream at home. If you have any delayed large reaction(s) on your arms, please call the office.

Medication Restrictions

The following must be avoided prior to the testing appointment:

  1. Beta-blockers: These medications cannot be taken 5-7 days prior to skin test for safety reasons. Beta-blockers are often used to treat high blood pressure, glaucoma, or migraines. Please consult the physician who prescribed the medication prior to testing to see if discontinuance is permitted. Do not stop taking the beta-blocker without your prescribing physician’s approval.
  2. Antihistamines: Antihistamines such as Benadryl, Allegra, Astelin, Astepro, Patanase and Dymista must be stopped 3 days prior to skin test. Zyrtec, Claritin, and Clarinex must be stopped 1 week prior to the test. Singular, Xyflo and Accolate must be stopped 1 day before the skin test. Sudafed, Guaifenesin and nasal steroid sprays are permitted.
  3. Tricyclic Antidepressants and Antipsychotics such as Nopramin (Desipramine), Sinequan, Adapin or Zonalon (Doxapin), Surmontil (Trimipramine), Elavil, Endep, Etrafon, Limbitrol, Vanatrip (Amitripyline), Pamelor (Nortripyaline), Anaframil (Clomipramine), Throrazine (Chlorpromazine), Haldol (Haloperidol), Ansendin (Amoxampine) and Vivactil (Protripyline) should be stopped 7 days before skin test. Also, the antidepressants Remeron and Seroquel can interfere. Please check with your prescribing doctor before stopping any of these medications.
  4. No Histamine H-1 or H-2 receptor Antagonists 48 hours prior to testing. Some examples are Tagamet, Zantac, Axid, and Pepcid. Tums or Rolaids are permitted.
  5. No Anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen, aspirin, Celebrex, Vioxx, Bextra or high doses of Naproxyn, may not be taken 3 days prior to skin text.
  6. No miscellaneous Anti-Anxiety Agents 4-7 days prior to skin test. Some examples are Vistaril, Atarax (Hyroxyzine), Xanax (Alprazolam), and Klonopin (Clonazepam).
  7. No miscellaneous agents such as Optivar, Reglan, Propulsid, Phenergan, Promethazine, Tofranil, Ketotifen, over the counter sleep aids, or any over the counter medications ending with PM must be withheld for 3 days prior to skin test.
  8. Topical Steroid Anti-inflammatories such as creams, ointments, gels, solutions or lotions must be withheld the day of the skin test.

Taking any of the above medications can alter your allergy test results, or make testing dangerous. Please contact us at 303-607-5263 if you have any questions regarding medications or testing. If you need to cancel or change your appointment, please call at least 24 hours prior to your appointment, or a $50 cancellation fee will be charged.

Insurance Benefits

Our experience has been that allergy testing is a covered benefit with most insurance companies. However, it is always a good idea to check with your insurance company to see how these tests are covered under your plan. The codes we use for testing are 95004 and 95024. Ask if these tests are a covered benefit and whether any co-pay, co-insurance or deductible will apply. You might also ask if there are any exclusions under your policy.