Alabama Allergy and Asthma Clinic PC  
Skin tests will be performed in many instances to determine if, and to what, you or your child may be allergic. Skin testing remains the most rapid, cost efficient, sensitive and reliable method of making the diagnosis of allergies. Two types of skin tests are used: one type is performed on the back (most common) and the other is done on the arms (less common). Both types of tests are relatively painless. Children, especially young children, may be frightened of the test. Being honest with them by saying, "the test may sting and itch like a mosquito bite", usually calms their fears. Skin testing can often be accomplished in one visit, although sometimes more than one visit is required.