PATCH TESTING PROTOCOL
Prior to Appointment
Stop all topical steroid application to site of patch placement 2 weeks prior to testing
If applicable shave upper backs and do not apply moisturizer or lotion to the area.
Do not go tanning for 2 weeks.
No oral steroids within 2 weeks of testing
OK to continue antihistamines
What to Expect at Appointments?
Monday - Patches will be placed by clinical staff
Wednesday - Patches are removed and read by clinical staff
Friday - Provider does second reading and discusses results.
Post Patch Placement
Keep the panel and skin around the panels dry. This means no showering until after your final appointment and no physical activities that may cause sweating.
Have a family member or other person check the site of patch placement to ensure they are still adhered to skin between Mon/Wed visits; have them re-draw with permanent marker around the patches if the marker outlines are fading at all between Wed/ Fri visits