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Variables in Allergy Skin Testing

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Allergy skin testing for immediate hypersensitivity is affected by a number of factors, some under the control of and others not controllable by the operator. Uncontrollable factors include the patient's age, chronobiological variation, and variation in reactivity between different parts of the body. Controllable factors include medications the patient is using, the quality of the allergy extract employed, the distance between test sites, the choice of prick or intradermal technique, and in the case of percutaneous testing, the device that is used. Considering the importance of the information that is generated by skin testing, and the major therapeutic commitments often resulting, more attention should be given to the techniques employed. It is suggested that operator performance can and should be assessed by relatively simple tests.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 November 1994

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

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    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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