Fast Five Quiz: Allergic Asthma Presentation and Diagnosis

Zab Mosenifar, MD


September 11, 2019

Rather than testing with a standard panel, skin testing for antigens to which the patient is exposed is recommended.

Skin test findings have a fairly high false-positive rate but a very good negative predictive value and are very useful for determining individual allergen sensitivity. In general, a negative test result rules out the possibility that an allergen is affecting the patient's asthma.

Antihistamine medications interfere with allergy skin testing, whereas short courses of oral glucocorticoids at moderate doses do not.

Learn more about skin testing for allergic asthma.


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