Allergy skin testing is the most accurate method of testing inhalant allergies. The test is safe, can be performed on your arms, and usually takes 1 1/2 hours to complete. An allergy technician with specialized trainig will perform your test. Some medications, such as antihistamines, will have to be stopped 3-7 days prior to the test. A list will be provided for you. In the event someone can not stop a prohibited medication or can not sit through a test (such as a small child or someone with special needs) a blood test can be performed as an alternative. Although, most patients only experience mild discomfort with the skin test, a numbing cream can be prescribed to alleviate any anxiety and discomfort, if requested. Testing results not only give you and the provider answers to what you are allergic to but it can provide a specialized immunotherapy treatment regimen to desensitize your body if all other medications and/or surgical approaches have failed.