Prick Test


The prick test, also known as allergy skin test, is a fundamental tool in the diagnosis and management of allergies. It consists of the application of small amounts of specific allergens on the skin, usually on the forearm, by means of a light prick. This procedure allows evaluating the response of the immune system to different substances, such as pollen, dust mites, food, and more.

Once the allergens are applied, the skin reaction is observed, which may manifest as redness, swelling or itching at the site of application. These reactions indicate the individual's sensitivity to certain allergenic substances.

The prick test is quick, safe and relatively painless, and provides results within minutes. These results are essential for identifying allergy triggers and designing a personalized treatment plan, which may include avoidance measures, medications and, in some cases, immunotherapy.

The prick test is therefore an invaluable tool for the diagnosis and management of allergies, allowing patients to better understand their sensitivities and improve their quality of life.