Skin Allergy Testing
What is a skin allergy?
Skin allergies occur when your skin reacts to certain substances. These substances are called allergens. Allergens are things like dust, pollens, or pets that cause your skin to react and develop an allergic reaction. A skin allergy is an immune response from your body’s natural defenses against substances that it thinks might harm it. The most common types of skin allergies are contact, food, and allergic reactions to medications or so-called “idiosyncratic” reactions to other irritants. Most allergenic substances are either foreign substances (like dust, pollen, or pet dander) or substances that we come into contact with on a regular basis, like fragrances, chemicals, or medications.
Symptoms of Skin Allergies
The symptoms of skin allergies (also known as allergic contact dermatitis) often involve redness, itching, pain, swelling and heat. Causes can include contact with dyes, cosmetics, perfume, latex, medications, detergent and some metals.
We are one of only a few clinics that conform to all the British Association of Dermatologists minimum standards for Cutaneous Allergy Services and we offer both Skin Prick Testing and Patch Testing for both adults and children.
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“We are one of only a few clinics that conform to all the British Association of Dermatologists minimum standards for Cutaneous Allergy Services”
SKIN PRICK TESTING
A skin prick test is usually the first test to be done when looking for an allergen. It’s quick, painless and safe, and you get the results quickly. Your skin is pricked with a tiny amount of the suspected allergen to see if there’s a reaction. If there is, the skin around the prick will very quickly become itchy and a red wheal (swollen mark) will appear.
We are able to offer a comprehensive range of skin prick tests for inhalant allergens (dust mites, pollens, animal danders), to foods including eggs, cows milk, peanuts, tree nuts, seeds, fruits, fin fish, crustacean and molluscs.
Food intolerances are also investigated and managed in association with an experienced Allergy dietitian.
The patch test is used to see if a skin reaction is caused by contact with a specific chemical or substance. A small amount of the suspect substance or chemical, such as nickel, is added to special metal discs, which are taped to your skin and monitored for a reaction.
We offer a comprehensive range of test allergens from a full cosmetic series, extended fragrance series, nail cosmetic series, sunscreen series, medicament series including ear and eye and wound medicaments, anogenital series, steroid series and orthopaedic implant series.