Skin Prick Testing Guide for the Diagnosis of Allergic Disease
The ASCIA Skin Prick Testing (SPT) Guide for Health Professionals has been developed by the ASCIA AIT/ SPT Working Party to replace the ASCIA SPT Manual.
Information on suppliers and access is available at https://www.allergy.org.au/members/ascia-member-access-to-spt-reagents
SPT is recommended as the primary method for the diagnosis of IgE mediated allergies in most allergic diseases. It has advantages of relative sensitivity and specificity, rapid results, flexibility, low cost, good tolerability, and clear demonstration to patients of their allergies. SPT should only be performed by trained and experienced medical staff, in centres with appropriate facilities to treat systemic allergic reactions (anaphylaxis). The responsible medical practitioner should observe the reaction and interpret test results in conjunction with the patient's history and physical examination.
Content updated February 2020