Word! Skin Test

Word! Skin Test

Skin Test

(En español: Prueba cutánea)

Say: skin test

If you think that you might have allergies, a special doctor called an allergist (say: ah-lur-jist) can help figure out what you are allergic to by giving you a skin test. For this test, the doctor will use different liquids, each containing a small amount of stuff that a person can be allergic to, such as pollen or certain foods. The doctor puts a drop of each liquid on your arm or back and then lightly pricks the skin. If you get a red, itchy bump there, you'll know you're allergic!

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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