Patch Testing

A patch test is a diagnostic tool able to differentiate allergic contact dermititus, a skin inflammation resulting in redness of the skin, from other skin disorders. A new study conducted by the Mayo Clinic revealed the most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis is due to direct contact with allergens. The most common terms are: Eczema, Rosacea, Psoriasis, Seborrheic Dermatitis, Stasis Dermatitis, Atopic Dermatitis, and other Idiopathic Skin Disorders.

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Top Industries Affected:

  1. Cosmetology
  2. Health Care
  3. Food Handling
  4. Manufacturing
  5. Construction
  6. Printing
  7. Metals
  8. Automotive Industry
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How to become free and clear of these symptoms:

A patch test includes the epicutaneous application of a specific allergen at a defined concentration, which will induce a cutaneous inflammation reaction in a sensitive person. This test yields a comprehensive read-out of up to 80 potential irritants: detergents, soaps, fragrances, and other common household products.

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Once the results are documented, a physician will simply advise to stay away from the sensitivities. Within a short period of time your symptoms will go away. If your condition doesn’t disappear within a few weeks, we will recommend one of our dermatologists for further studies.

In 2010, 13% of U.S. children aged 17 years and under suffered from skin allergies in the past 12 months.

In 2010, Black children in the U.S. were more likely to have had skin allergies (17%) than white (12%) or Asian (10%) children.

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For Allergy testing, you must be off any and all Allergy medications 5-7 days prior to testing.
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