By Alan Edwards (auth.), Ruby Pawankar, Stephen T. Holgate, Lanny J. Rosenwasser (eds.)
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Extra resources for Allergy Frontiers: Diagnosis and Health Economics
However, administration of nebulised extracts bears little resemblance to natural allergen exposure in terms of allergen form, size, dose and site of deposition in the airways. In the bronchial provocation test, enormous doses of 1–4 µm droplets inhaled through the mouth reach all parts of the airways . During natural exposure, the 20–60 µm pollen grains, animal allergens, or mite faeces are trapped mostly in the nose. Daily exposure consists of thousands of microprovocations of very small amounts of allergen.
Some drugs such as astemizole (no longer available in many countries) can depress or abolish responses to skin tests for a period of up to 6 weeks (for review see ). Discontinuing other H1-antihistamines 1 week before is required . Montelukast does not appear to reduce skin test reactivity  and does not need to be discontinued before skin testing. Butterbur Petasites hybridus, a herbal remedy for the treatment of allergic rhinitis, does not produce any significant effects on the histamine and allergen cutaneous response .
The potency of an aqueous extract often decreases rapidly and it is advisable, at least for research projects, to use standardised and lyophilised extracts of the same batch freshly reconstituted on the day of the test. • Preservatives such as glycerol, benzalkonium chloride and phenol can induce non-specific nasal reactions. • Temperature, pH and osmolarity of the solution should be checked carefully. Allergens can also be administered in the form of a powder , as a solution adsorbed on a paper disk, or in the form of pollen grains mixed with lactose in capsules.