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Skin Prick Test - A Useful Tool in Diagnosis of Unexpected Triggers and Management of Allergy

Skin Prick Test - A Useful Tool in Diagnosis of Unexpected Triggers and Management of Allergy

Dr Prashant Kewle, Dr Amrapali Keny-Pawar

Journal Title:Acta Scientific Otolaryngology
Abstract


The prevalence of allergy is on the rise with increase in urbanisation and environmental pollution. Skin Prick Test serves as a useful tool for detecting the allergens that trigger allergy in atopic individuals. The Skin Prick Test can be done with a few allergens (3 or 4 substances) or sometimes as many as 40 to 50 substances. In this paper, we have emphasized the importance of performing Skin Prick Test with more numbers of allergens while dealing with a patient of allergy during the management of allergic rhinitis, asthma or urticaria. We should bear in mind that a significant number of these patients also suffer from Food Allergy Syndrome, which is often missed and underdiagnosed, if the SPT is done with fewer number of allergens.