Allergy Testing Advantages & Limitations

METHODADVANTAGESLIMITATIONS
Skin Testing
  • Immediate results
  • Enables you to track delayed reactions
  • Typically more sensitive than in-vitro tests
  • Potential revenue stream to practice
  • More difficult for needle averse
  • Not for all patient populations – infants, needle averse, severe anaphylaxis risk, skin disease
  • Requires suspension of some medications before testing
  • Not recommended for food testing diagnosis
  • Staff and materials required
In Vitro Testing
  • Low risk for highly sensitive patients
  • Requires little staff time or overhead
  • Allows additional tests at a later date with serum sample
  • Medication suspension not required before testing
  • Ideal for testing food allergy
  • Quantifiable measure
  • Revenue stream in some states where allowed
  • Results available within 3-5 days
  • Less sensitive than skin testing
  • Can be more costly than skin testing