Journal of Allergy & Therapy

Journal of Allergy & Therapy
Open Access

ISSN: 2155-6121

Kenny Y C Kwong

Kenny Y C Kwong
Division of Allergy-Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, 1000 West Carson Street N-25, Torrance California 90509,

  • Research Article
    Variability in Measurement of Allergen Skin Testing Results among Allergy-Immunology Specialists
    Author(s): Kenny Y C Kwong, Tiffany Jean and Nasser RedjalKenny Y C Kwong, Tiffany Jean and Nasser Redjal

    Epicutaneous skin testing for sensitization to aero-allergens in patients with allergic diseases requires measurement of skin wheal and erythema in response to antigens. This may be variable between different providers especially among patients with dark skin pigmentation. Purpose of this study is to determine whether Allergy-Immunology specialists vary in their measurement of epicutaneous skin tests in patients with differential skin pigmentation. 3 patients with differing skin tones were skin tested using various concentrations of histamine to produce increasing sizes of skin wheal and erythema reaction. High quality photographs of these were taken and sent to 20 board certified/eligible Allergy-Immunologists to measure the wheal and erythema size. There was poor agreement among specialists in measurement of both wheal and flare sizes from patient with darkest skin tone. In contrast.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2155-6121.1000160

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