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DESCRIPTION: The drug challenge is a test whereby a patient is given increasing amount of a medication to see if they are able to tolerate it at the clinic. This is the “gold standard” of diagnostic tests because it establishes the diagnosis of drug hypersensitivity.

FAQs

What should I expect from the drug challenge?

The drug challenge protocol may differ depending on the trigger drug; however, the procedure generally involves first conducting a skin prick test. If no reaction is noted from the skin prick test, we then move on to intradermal testing of the drug. If no reaction is noted from the intradermal testing, we then proceed to give increasing doses of the drug orally.

How long will the drug challenge take?

The drug challenge can last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. After the last drug dosage is administered, we require the patient to stay at least 2 hours at the clinic to monitor for any reactions that can occur.

Is the drug challenge safe?

Yes. The test is safe because you will be under the close supervision of medically trained professionals and the allergist.

DESCRIPTION: The medically supervised oral food challenge is the “gold standard” of diagnostic tests. If it is determined by the allergist that the risk of having a reaction is low after appropriate testing, then this is usually pursued. A protocol is followed whereby increasing amounts of the food is introduced over a couple of hours with close monitoring of patient’s vitals.

FAQs

How long will the food challenge take?

The food challenge can last anywhere from 4 to 6 hours. After the last dosage of the trigger food is administered, we require the patient to stay at least 2 hours at the clinic to monitor for any reactions that can occur.      

Is the food challenge safe?

Yes. The test is safe because you will be under the close supervision of medically trained professionals and the allergist.