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 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.


Immunotherapy


In collaboration with Allergy Therapeutics, St Andrews Clinics are very happy to be able to offer Immunotherapy to their clients. Immunotherapy is a form of long term treatment that decreases symptoms for many people with allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, conjunctivitis or sinusitis. Through immunotherapy the body is exposed to small amounts of a particular allergen, given in gradually increasing does. This can be done in the form of sublingual drops, but also subcutaneously in some cases. The exposure to the allergen helps to develop an immunity or tolerance to it that may last even after the treatment is stopped. This may take a number of months but the course will be decided and monitored by the Allergy Specialist.


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


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