Patch Testing

What is Patch Testing?

Patch testing is a series of applications applied to the skin to find out whether a skin condition may be caused or aggravated by a contact allergy. Indications for patch testing include:

  • Frequent rashes
  • Recurrent rashes
  • Atopic dermatitis with frequent flare-ups
  • Rashes that have not resolved, especially with the use of appropriate therapies.

These constant, recurrent flare-ups are often caused by contact allergy to personal care products, medications, or things people come in contact with regularly. Knowing what substance a patient is allergic to will help to know what to avoid and can help in the treatment of a recurrent skin condition.
For questions, contact North Metro Dermatology at (651) 789-9800.

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