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Allergies

Testing & treatment of allergy symptoms

An allergy is a disorder which causes the body to be hypersensitive to normally harmless substances including medicines, foods, inhalants, insects and domestic products.

Allergic reactions are usually rapid and result in an inflammatory response which can range from uncomfortable to dangerous. Food allergies can cause serious reactions but also diarrhoea, itching, nausea, abdominal pain and headaches.

You might not realise the cause of your symptoms as they are not immediate or are ongoing.
Other allergies such as inhalants can cause respiratory problems and exacerbate existing conditions such as asthma.

At our clinics, you will have a consultation with a doctor who will discuss treatment options and testing options with you. Our allergy testing is conducted by blood which is sent to a leading laboratory for full analysis.

Procedure

Preparing for test

If you are coming in for a blood test, it is best to arrive well-hydrated.

During the test

The allergy test is a simple blood test. A needle is inserted into a vein, usually on the inner arm near the elbow, and a small amount of blood is drawn. You may feel a pricking or scratching sensation.

Type of sample taken:

Blood

Results

To get the most appropriate test we encourage our patients to have a consultation with a GP to discuss all their concerns and symptoms. Based on that the doctor will suggest the best combination of tests and give you a call with the explanation of results and follow up management. If you decide to have just to blood test with us you will need to take the results to your own doctor for interpretation or return for a consultation with us.

FAQ

Do I have an allergy or a sensitivity?

There is a difference between an allergy and sensitivity or intolerance. Even if you are not positive for an allergy, you may well be sensitive or intolerant to certain foods and an elimination diet will help you and the doctor understand the cause of your symptoms.

Why do some people have more allergies than others?

The exact mechanism of allergy is not fully understood. Genetic and hereditary factors play a big role, as well as living in an urban environment or area with high pollution. Some allergies may come and go, whilst others may be chronic.

What is the cause of an allergic reaction?

An allergic reaction is the immune system’s inflammatory response to an allergen. There are countless allergens in the environment that can trigger these reactions. The most common are dust, pollen, pet dander, chemicals, medications, and foods.

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