Is Allergy Testing Painful?

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Do allergy tests hurt?

Allergy tests can be painful or uncomfortable, depending on the type of test you use. If you take a skin prick test, a doctor will have to scratch your skin with a needle to see if your skin gets irritated. Alternative options can hurt less!

The short answer is it depends on what kind of testing you choose.

Skin Prick Test

The traditional method of testing that's done in physician's offices involves multiple needle sticks to see how your skin responds to different allergy triggers. For some patients, this can be uncomfortable because it involves a lot of needle sticks, and itching and irritation of the skin.

Blood Test

You should always talk to your doctor about what's right for you since there are also allergy blood tests that can be done at a local laboratory like Quest labs or LabCorp. Blood tests work through testing for allergen-specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies show which allergens are causing your body to have an allergic reaction.

At-Home Allergy Test

There are also at-home allergy tests which can involve just one single prick. Similar to blood tests, at-home allergy tests also test for allergen-specific IgE. These tests are mailed to your home with easy-to-follow instructions, making them a more convenient option.

Best Testing Near You

Ultimately, the most important thing is to work with a doctor you trust to figure out the testing protocol that makes the most sense for you and your life. If you want a test that is convenient and pain-free, choose Wyndly.

Each of our allergy tests includes an online physician-reviewed personalized plan. Our doctors will meet with you to go over your test results and your allergy treatment plan to get you long-term allergy relief.

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