Clinical ServicesStanley Ear Nose Throat & Sinus Centre
Skin Prick Test (SPT) being performed
Allergy - Prick Test
Comprehensive allergy management system is available in the clinic.
Diagnostic skin prick test (S.P.T.) for aero-allergen allergies for the 8 common aero-allergens are routinely done.
Modified RAST test (blood sample taken and IgE specific antibodies to the various allergens are measured).
Both tests are accurate when carefully chosen.
Which test to use depends on clinical situation, i.e. patients skin condition and whether anti-histamines are used.
Blood tests for food allergies and sensitivities also available.
Skin Prick Test (SPT)
Results of Skin Prick Test (SPT) in 20 minutes
SPT procedure can be done in the clinic. It is a painless procedure that takes 5 minutes.
Results are available within 20 minutes.
Positive skin tests are indicated by a significant weal and flare reaction larger than the positive control.
Report will be interpreted by Dr Stanley.
Blood Test (Modified RAST)
A Modified Radioallergosorbent Test (RAST) by taking blood is an alternative to skin tests if the patients skin is too reactive/senstive or patients are on antihistamines. The results take 2-3 weeks to be known.