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Learn the Types and Benefits of Skin Allergy Testing in NYC

Published on December 10, 2015

What are the Benefits of Skin Allergy Testing?

Skin allergy tests, when combined with the expertise of your skin allergy specialist, can offer invaluable information regarding what you are and are not allergic to.

For instance, if you are suffering from wheezing at home, your allergy testing will help you get to the root of the issue. With this information, you and your allergist can develop a treatment plan to manage or even get rid of your symptoms.

How Do I Know If I Should Be Tested?

Testing done by an allergist is generally safe and effective for adults and children of all ages. Symptoms which usually prompt the allergist to perform skin testing include:

  • Respiratory: itchy eyes, nose or throat; nasal congestion, runny nose, watery eyes, chest congestion, cough or wheezing
  • Skin: hives, itchiness or atopic dermatitis
  • Abdominal: cramping and diarrhea or constipation consistently after eating certain foods
  • Severe reactions to stinging insect stings (other than swelling at the site of the sting)
  • Anaphylaxis: a serious allergic reaction that affects many parts of the body at the same time

Get To Know More About Our Skin Tests

This type of testing is relatively painless. The way it’s performed is a very small amount of allergens is placed into your skin with pricks.

If you have allergies, swelling will occur where the allergen(s) was introduced.

Reactions occur within about 15 minutes. And you generally won’t have any other symptoms besides the small hives where the tests were done, which go away within 30 minutes.

Skin tests have to be done in an allergist’s office to minimize the risk of rare side effects. Thus, we encourage you to contact the skin allergists of Manhattan and Scarsdale to learn more about the benefits of skin allergy testing for you.

Teledermatology with Westchester Center for Dermatology

Dear Patients,

Westchester Center for Dermatology hopes you and your family are staying safe and minimizing your out-of-home activities. In that light, we would like to offer a Teledermatology option.

This service will allow patients to continue their care with the physicians they know while staying safe in the comfort of their own home.

We are seeing patients both virtually and have modified hours for in-office visits. Please call the office (914-472-4100) to arrange these consults or you can send your virtual appointment request to

Click here for more information on our Teledermatology services.