Skin Sensitivity Test

Skin Sensitivity Test


Please make an appointment at a designated Awanui Labs Collection Centre for your Skin Sensitivity (Prick) Test.

For an appointment call: 09 574 7399 – option 4

Before the test, prepare yourself at home:

  • Do not take any antihistamine medication for 72 hours (3 days) before your test.
  • Do not apply any cream or lotion to the test site (the arms or back) for 24 hours before your test.
  • Note: Do not discontinue any oral treatment that you may be taking, including asthma medication, oral steroids and nasal sprays. Continue these as prescribed.
  • If you are taking beta blockers or tricyclic antidepressants please discuss with your doctor before having the test.
  • If you are pregnant or maybe pregnant please discuss alternative testing with your doctor.
  • Has your Referrer Given you a SPT1 request form
  • Yes – 09 574 7399 – option 4 to book an appointment
  • No – You will need to go back to your Referrer to obtain the correct form before an appointment can be made.

On the day of the test at the Collection Centre:

  • You must read the notes about Allergy Testing and complete the SPT1 section on the referral  form at the collection centre prior to having your test done.
  • If you have difficulty speaking or understanding English please bring someone along with you as an interpreter.
  • The test will take approximately 40 minutes to complete
  • The positions for each allergen to be tested are marked by numbers on your skin to identify the allergens.
  • The Phlebotomist places a small droplet of each allergen on your skin and then pricks each one with a lancet.
  • After 1 minute the Allergen solution is blotted and then 15 minutes later the result is read and recorded.
  • It is important that you do not scratch or rub the skin prick areas to avoid any cross contamination and infection.
  • If you have asthma or have had a severe allergic reaction previously and have any positive reactions you will need to remain at the Centre for 20 minutes after the test.
  • The results are interpreted in the Laboratory and a report sent to your Doctor.

At home, following your test:

  • You may take or apply any antihistamines prescribed by your Doctor
  • If you have any concerns after the test, please contact your Doctor promptly

Date Issued: 05/01/2021 PCS-PI-014

Authorised by: HOD, Patient Services