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How does an allergy blood test compare to a skin-prick test?
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Unlike skin-prick testing, there’s no risk that a blood test will trigger an allergic reaction. This is especially important if you or your child are at a higher risk for a life-threatening, anaphylactic reaction. And for infants and young children, a single needle prick for a blood sample may be less traumatic than the repeated scratching of a skin-prick test.

The results of your blood test, together with your detailed medical history and a physical examination, will help your healthcare provider develop a customized allergy treatment plan that’s right for you.

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