Allergy Testing

AAA Pediatrics

Pediatrics located in Woodbridge, VA

If your child complains of itchy skin, watery eyes, or has a rash, it could be caused by allergies. Allergy testing at AAA Pediatrics in Woodbridge, Virginia, can help you understand what substances cause your child’s reactions, so you can limit their exposure. Oscar Sugastti, MD, FAA, Jacqueline Adames, FNP-BC, and the team offer skin tests with same-day results, so you can get answers fast and find solutions to help your child feel their best. To set up an appointment for allergy testing, call or use the online booking tool today.

Allergy Testing Q & A

What is allergy testing?

Allergy testing is a series of tests used to identify substances that cause an allergic reaction. In most cases, allergic reactions cause mild symptoms like rashes, itchy skin, and watery eyes. Whether your child has mild or severe allergies, getting testing done can help you keep your child healthy and comfortable.

At AAA Pediatrics, the team offers skin testing in-office. For more complex or serious allergies, the team works with allergy specialists in the area to make sure your child has the right testing and treatment.

What is a skin test?

A skin test involves injecting various allergens into the skin to test for a reaction. The injections are tiny and are typically performed on your child’s back where there is less sensitivity to pain from the injections. In most cases, your child only feels a prick.

The team can test for up to 40 allergies at once, though you may only need to have a few specific substances tested. Based on your observations of your child when they have allergic reactions, the team can help you identify which allergens should be tested in order to avoid unnecessary needle pricks.

What substances are tested for allergic reactions?

Using the skin test, the team tests for a variety of allergies like:

  • Mold
  • Grass
  • Pet dander
  • Dust
  • Pollen
  • Soaps
  • Metals

If additional testing is needed, the team provides referrals to allergy specialists in the area. Learning what your child is allergic to can help them to avoid those allergens or take precautions when they might come into contact with them, like taking an antihistamine medication or carrying an epinephrine medication for emergencies.

How long does it take to get results from allergy testing?

The skin test provides results within one day. Your pediatrician explains what to look for on your child’s skin that can indicate an infection. Usually raised, red bumps indicate that your child is allergic to the substance that was injected at that location.

Your pediatrician then discusses ways you can reduce your child’s exposure or steps you can take to relieve their allergy symptoms if avoiding the substances isn’t possible. Allergies can develop at any time and may also go away as your child gets older, so the team provides testing on an ongoing basis.

Book an appointment for allergy testing at AAA Pediatrics today by calling the office or scheduling online.