Taking charge of your allergy
The basis for making a diagnosis of allergy is the consultation. Dr McAlister will spend around 15 minutes discussing your clinical history with you focussing on any environmental factors, pets, foods etc that may be causing your symptoms. Any triggers/allergens identified which are directly linked to the onset of symptoms, can then be tested for either by doing skin prick testing and/or taking a blood sample for an individual agent or a group of agents/profile. The prices of any testing proposed would be discussed prior to carrying this out. Skin prick testing in our clinic setting is done for air-borne allergens such as grass and tree pollen, house dust mite, animal dander, fungi and moulds as well as for cow's milk protein allergy and egg. Blood tests are done to investigate food allergies.
We test and treat individuals from age 2 onwards.
Preparing to visit us
It is important to stop taking oral antihistamine tablets for 72 hours prior to your appointment if you suspect you will need skin prick testing tested out.
After the test
If an allergy has been identified, we will talk to you about how to manage it. Most allergies can be dealt with by avoidance of the allergy/allergen. At the end of your consultation, you will given advice and a prescription for any medication indicated.
We treat patients with allergic rhinitis (sneezing, congestion, watery eyes, runny nose) caused by grass pollen and tree pollen allergy with immunotherapy/desensitisation using Pollinex. This involves 4 injections spaced out by 1-2 weeks depending on response and this is done in the winter to ensure that this is done as safely as possible so there is no grass or tree pollen circulating in the atmosphere.
We also offer Oralvac which is a sublingual (under the tongue) treatment administered by the individual for the management of cat and also house dust mite allergies.
In addition to the cost of the consultation (£80) skin prick testing incurs a charge of £60.
Specific IgE blood tests for food allergies cost £40 each.