Patch testing is a useful tool in dermatology used to evaluate the potential triggers of Allergic Contact Dermatitis, a common rash that occurs when your skin comes into contact with certain substances. The skin patch test is used to help identify allergens within your environment that may be causing skin irritation or inflammation leading to the resultant rash. It is important to note that patch testing is not the same as prick testing and cannot be used to determine food allergies or respiratory allergies. Here at ReJUVA Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center, we offer one of the most comprehensive series of patch testing to better identify the allergens.
A skin patch test should be considered in patients who are diagnosed with unspecified dermatitis or who have a history of chronic rashes like Eczema. Many patients who have been previously diagnosed with Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis may have a component of ACD that can contribute to recurrent rash outbreaks. Without proper diagnostic workup, some patients struggle with Allergic Contact Dermatitis for years.
Some patients with certain occupations are at higher risk of developing allergic contact dermatitis including hair stylists, florists, healthcare professionals, construction workers, mechanics, and food handlers among others.
Based on historical elements of your rash and its appearance during physical examination, your provider will let you know if you are an appropriate candidate for this diagnostic test.
Our board-certified physicians are ready to help you determine the cause of your rash and identify the best treatment options. Schedule your appointment today, we serve patients throughout Sarasota County.