Atopy Patch Tests

  • Audrey Nosbaum
  • Jean-François Nicolas


Patch tests are used for diagnosing delayed hypersensitivity allergic reactions, like allergic contact dermatitis (ACD). More recently, atopy patch tests (APT) have been developed with aeroallergens and food allergens to diagnose delayed allergic outbreaks of atopic dermatitis (AD). In fact, exposure of patients suffering from AD to aeroallergens (house dust mites, cat dander, grass pollens) or food allergens can provoke an exacerbation or prolongation of the disease. Prick tests and specific IgE can be useful for detecting aggravating factors, but their precise implication in the genesis of the skin lesions should be controlled by carrying out APT, which are more adapted to the pathophysiology of AD.


Atopic Dermatitis Food Allergy Grass Pollen Food Allergen House Dust Mite 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Audrey Nosbaum
    • 1
  • Jean-François Nicolas
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Allergy and Clinical ImmunologyUniversity Hospital Lyon-SudPierre-Bénite, CedexFrance

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