Dr. Harriman also has a fellowship in Allergy. She is able to perform an allergy skin test is used to identify the substances that are causing your ENT allergy symptoms. It is performed by applying an extract of allergen to a skin and assessing the reaction. This test will help Dr. Harriman determine the best individual treatment plan for each patient. 

Epicutaneous prick testing  is used to identify the substances that are causing your ENT allergy symptoms. 


A small disposable pricking device is used so the extract can enter into the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis. The skin prick is not a shot and does not cause bleeding. If there are allergic antibodies in your system, your skin will become irritated and may itch, much like a mosquito bite. This reaction means you are allergic to that substance. Benadryl cream or oral antihistamine can be used after testing if site continues to be  itchy. Anesthetic cream may be applied to the skin in very young children before testing but is unnecessary for most patients. 

It takes approximately one hour for the entire appointment. The allergen placement takes 5 to 10 minutes. Then you will have to wait about 20 minutes to see how your skin reacts.

Inform the staff member who performing the skin test about all medicines you are taking, including over-the-counter medications. Since antihistamines stop allergic reactions, you should not take them for five days before the test. Talk to your doctor about your prescription medications prior to the test. Beta Blockers are contraindicated for this type of testing so if taking alternative testing  will need be arranged.

Dr. Harriman will give you a list of medicines to avoid before the test, since there are other drugs that can interfere with the results. Although small amounts of allergens are introduced into your system, a skin test is completely safe when performed properly.