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Allergy Tetracycline Enzyme Assay Skin

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Allergy Tetracycline Enzyme Assay Skin

What is this test?

Allergy tetracycline enzyme assay skin test is used to test the sensitization of your skin to the antibiotic tetracycline. This test helps to know the immune response of the body towards the antibiotic tetracycline. In this test, your skin is slightly pricked and introduced to tetracycline.

What is Tetracycline allergy?

Tetracycline is an antibiotic which is used in the treatment of a variety of infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. The common side effects that may occur with the use of this medicine is a loss of appetite, mouth sores, sore throat, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Tetracycline may cause teeth discoloration in the children. It may also increase the risk of sunburns when exposed to the sunlight. This medicine has to be only used on a medical prescription.

Tetracycline allergy is an allergic reaction of the body towards it. This occurs due to the immune response of the body towards the antibiotic tetracycline. The signs and symptoms of tetracycline allergy are skin rashes, swelling of the skin, discoloration of the skin, itching on the genital areas, dizziness, fever, nausea, vomiting etc. Sometimes the allergic reactions can be life-threatening anaphylactic reactions. Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency condition which leads to facial flushing, itching, shock, sudden fall in blood pressure, constriction of airways, swollen throat, difficulty to breathe, etc.

Why this test is performed?

This test is performed in individuals who need a treatment with tetracycline to check for allergy or when you are suspected to have a tetracycline allergy. Your doctor may ask to perform this test if you experience signs and symptoms of tetracycline allergy such as skin rashes, swelling of the skin, discoloration of the skin, itching on the genital areas, dizziness, fever, nausea, vomiting etc.

What do the test results mean?

After getting exposed to tetracycline if you develop rashes on the skin or a wheal or flare reaction (immediate reaction to an allergen) at the test location that is at least 3 mm of size indicate that you may have a tetracycline allergy.

If there is no reaction or rashes present on the skin after getting exposed to the tetracycline then it may indicate that you are not allergic to tetracycline.

Test Preparation

Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Allergy Tetracycline Enzyme Assay Skin. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Allergy Tetracycline Enzyme Assay Skin.

No specific preparation is required for this test. However, follow all the instructions given by the healthcare provider.

Understanding your test results

GenderAge groupsValue
UNISEXAll age groupsA wheal and flare reaction of atleast 3mm indicates that the patient is allergic to the substance

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