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Are there risks or side-effects associated with allergy testing?

Any medical procedure involves certain risks, but the risks associated with skin testing are minimal. Most often the side-effects produced by skin testing are limited to symptoms very much like a minor allergic reaction. In very rare cases, reactions can be severe, causing anaphylaxis (a life-threatening reaction that affects many organs of the body simultaneously). That is why it is important to have skin tests performed by expert physicians in a medical facility where appropriate emergency equipment and medications are available.

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