Allergy Clinic

skin prick tests

St Andrews Clinics have now launched their Allergy Clinic.

This service is backed by a Consultant Respiratory Physician specialised in Allergic Diseases.

The Allergy Clinic deals mainly with Airway Allergies such as hay-fever and allergic asthma, as well as allergic sinusitis and conjunctivitis.


Skin Prick Tests


The mainstay of the allergy test is the Skin Prick Test. This is a simple procedure that can be done in the consultation room. It is safe and results are quick. On average it takes about 30minutes. In that time you would be tested for a number of airborne allergens, including a variety of pollen, mould, pet dander, and dust mites. The test will be interpreted by the Respiratory Specialist himself. It is a painless procedure and the site used is usually in the forearm in adults and on the back in children.


The scope


The main advantage of testing is to know what is causing one’s symptoms. This will allow one to avoid the allergens in question. However in most cases there is also treatment available.


Prevention


One of the first steps tackled following a skin prick test result is allergen avoidance. Some practical advice on how the most common allergens can be avoided is:

 

House Dust Mite:

  • Avoid carpets
  • Use roller blinds which can easily be wiped
  • Use products which aid in house dust mite elimination, for example allergy covers, allergy neutralising sprays and clothes washing additives. (You may speak to our pharmacist or specialist for more info on these products)
  • Hoover regularly
  • Use tested allergy proof covers on mattresses, duvets and pillow cases. (You may speak to our pharmacist or specialist for more info on these products)
  • Wipe surfaces with a damp, clean cloth. Avoid dry dusters

Pets:

We understand that pets cannot be readily eliminated, however one may try:

  • Avoiding pets in bedrooms
  • Limit them to a part of the house which has no fitted carpets
  • Groom them out doors
  • Increase ventilation through fans, air conditioning or open windows

Moulds:

  • Keep your home dry and well ventilated
  • Use humidifiers
  • Remove indoor pot plants
  • Do not store clothes in damp cupboards

Seasonal Allergy:

  • Avoid drying clothes and bedding outside when the pollen count is high
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses to protect your eyes
  • Shower and change your clothes after being outside
  • Avoid grassy areas and parks particularly early in the morning or during the evening when the pollen count is highest.


Immunotherapy


In collaboration with Allergy Therapeutics, St Andrews Clinics are very happy to be able to offer Immunotherapy to their clients. Immunotherapy is the only form of long term treatment that will result in symptom reduction and treatment for people suffering from allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, conjunctivitis or sinusitis. During immunotherapy the body is exposed to low concentrations of the allergic allergen over a long period of time, this induces tolerance. Treatment is available in the form of sublingual drops, but also subcutaneous therapy. The exposure to the allergen helps to develop an immunity or tolerance to it that may last even after the treatment is stopped. The duration of theh treatment course will be decided and monitored closely by the Allergy Specialist.


Contact us for more information or for an appointment with the specialist.


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