Allergy is extremely widespread, affecting approximately half of the population in the UK at some point in their lives. Every year these numbers are increasing by around 5%, with as many as half of all sufferers being children.
The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic offer allergy testing as part of their comprehensive range of services, as we know how much allergies, intolerance and sensitivities can affect our lives. Patch testing is designed to find out if there is an allergic contact cause for your skin disease. In addition to patch testing, we can offer a full spectrum of blood allergy testing to see if there is an allergic component driving your skin disease.
If you are suffering from symptoms of an allergic reaction, it is more than worthwhile to be tested – whether that be to understand what has caused the reaction, or to have confirmation. There are a number of tests available that can be carried out that will depend on your symptoms and condition of your skin.
Here at the Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, we offer the main types of allergy tests. Any professional interpreting skin, blood or patch tests must first interpret the results in the light of the patient’s history. No test should be read in isolation.
To test for allergies using blood tests, we will simply carry out a test on a small sample of blood,normally taken from a vein in your arm, and you will find out the results within a week to two week period.
Patch testing for allergies is more specific to those suffering from eczema, where the allergy is suspected. With this, small doses of allergens are placed onto the skin in order to work out the cause of the skin reaction. A Patch Test can check for between 20 and 70 allergens at any one time. The testing requires three visits to the clinic over a five- or six-day period.
Allergy Patch Tests on the back
The interpretation of this form of testing is not as simple as it sounds and tends to be carried out by the dermatology department in hospitals. The symptoms of contact dermatitis need to be brought under control before patch testing can be carried out, otherwise the results will be unreliable. Steroid creams need to be stopped for 3-4 weeks before testing as they may suppress the test response.
If any relevant allergens are identified that might be contributing to your skin condition, these will be discussed with you. Hopefully avoidance of these allergens will result in a great improvement in your rash. Sometimes patch tests can be negative and a contact allergy excluded.
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Why choose Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic?
Here at Kent's leading private skin and laser clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are one of the few skin clinics in the UK where all medical consultations and treatments are provided by specialist doctors with Dermatology experience and laser training.
Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Mark Hudson-Peacock is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association, the British Hair and Nail Society, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and is certified by the Consulting Room. We have won many awards including the WhatClinic Patient Service Award in 2019 and the ghp Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2019.