We have outlined rationale and problems associated with three types of patch tests that may provide diagnostic help in patients with difficult-to-manage AD. Each of these methods is imperfect and in need of greater study using a critical approach, better techniques, more attention to irritant controls, and better definition of atopic populations. Proof of validity for aeroallergen patch testing will necessarily require large quantities of purified antigens. In spite of all these problems, patch testing can be useful and sometimes essential for the diagnosis and management of difficult AD.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Clinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Allergy