Epicutaneous testing is a test that can diagnose allergic contact dermatitis and identify specific allergens that can trigger the disease.
Preparing for the survey
As certain factors may affect the outcome of the survey, it is important to know the following:
Carrying out the survey
During the study, you will need to visit the clinic three days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). At the first visit, the allergens will be applied to your upper back using patches, where they will remain for 48 hours.
You will need to see a nurse for a second visit to have the patches removed and the results of the epicutaneous tests assessed. At the third visit, the doctor will make a final assessment of the tests.
During the study period, i.e. for five days:
You may feel moderate itching and discomfort in the test area. If the itching is very severe, you can remove the patch yourself. Make sure the patches are properly adhered to the skin. If the edges of the patch come loose, secure them with an additional patch.
Possible side effects
Epicutaneous tests are mostly safe and do not cause serious allergic reactions. Some side effects may occur:
If any of the side effects worsen, contact your doctor or go to the emergency department.