At Medical Express Clinic, we offer private allergy testing in London for children and adults. We also offer a range of allergy tests option, including the ALEX and Children panel blood tests to identify potential allergies.
Panels offer allergy testing for a wide range of common allergens. For those suspecting a specific allergen, the best option is to opt for a skin prick test, conducted by our allergy consultants in London, by bringing a sample from the allergen that might be affecting you for testing.
An allergy is a response within the body to a substance (allergen) from its surroundings. This might be due to something that you eat, touch or inhale.
Any substance can cause allergies and it is difficult for individuals to detect the root cause of the problem. If you or your child has a suspected allergy, visit our private allergy clinic in London for the solution.
The skin prick test denotes if and what you are allergic to, avoid allergen and promote a better quality of life. It is a safe test and can be done in children and adults. It is not painful as a small metal pricker just scratches the upper layer of the skin with a drop of allergen.
If you are suspecting a severe allergic reaction, skin testing is a suitable way to know the root cause behind it. Some extracts of common allergens like pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, and foods are used to perform the tests. Once they enter the skin, they may trigger rash and make you feel irritated.
The kind of allergy test to conduct depend on your symptoms and allergists tell which tests to perform.
Allergens are substances that can lead to an allergic reaction. You will find three kinds of allergens and they are the following:
At Medical Express Clinic, our doctors are helping to find out the exact origin of your allergy symptoms whether acute or severe. During your initial consultation, a complete history of allergic symptoms will need to be established by the allergy consultants, including allergies that you may have had as a child. After a full consultation, together with your specialist, both of you can decide upon the best treatment options which may include:
A blood test or skin test that results in some sensitivity may not necessarily an allergy. Together with your doctor, we will find out the exact cause of an allergy and devise the most appropriate management strategy. This can help to identify the specific substances you are allergic to and prevent restrictive diets. As an example, identifying dust mites to be the root cause of your child’s asthma can inform patients to undertake the appropriate interventions to improve the overall quality of life.
It is an immune response by the body to specific foods or substances (allergens). Your body will detect a particular substance and initiate the immune response – it is this immune response that causes symptoms. There can be a family history of allergies or other health problems, such as – eczema or asthma. As allergies are now very common, there might be a large proportion of people who are aware of what allergens they may react to.
Allergic conditions are quite common in the UK, with nearly 1 in 10 children, 1 in 6 teenagers and 1 in 4 adults experiencing allergic symptoms during some point in their lifetime. The number of people suffering from allergies are increasing almost every year.
At Medical Express Clinic, our doctors will consult with you to choose the right testing option for your symptoms. After receiving the results, you will remain under the care of the same Immunologist and can attend for follow-up treatment, reviews and testing. However, many patients experience substantial improvement after their first consultation and test.
The cost of allergy testing relies on allergens number found and the testing method's complexity. However, at our clinic, consultations start at £250 and before we undertake any extra diagnostics, patients will be aware of the full costs.
The service includes a comprehensive range of allergens and our testing assesses the reaction of your body to 290+ allergen. This consists of:
Your first visit to the Medical Express Clinic in Harley Street, allergy testing for your child or babies will involve a thorough evaluation of your allergy and medical history, you will need to fill out an allergy questionnaire. We can then tell you about other possible causes for the allergy. You may have to perform a special blood test known as a RAST/ImmunoCap. This might help you to detect allergens that include – dust mites, cats, dogs, pollens, milk, eggs, latex, peanuts etc. You will be able to get the results of the test within 48-72 hours.