At the Medical Express Clinic, we offer private allergy testing in London for children, babies and adults. Medical Express uses the widely used, robust and scientifically accepted Skin Prick Test (SPT) method in the UK for diagnosing environmental, inhalant and food allergies.
A skin prick test also known as scratch or puncture test, helps to detect allergic reactions immediately to almost 50 different substances. The test is performed to know allergies to dust mites, mold, pollen, pet dander, and foods. For adults, these tests are done on their forearm. But children need to be tested on upper back. We have a wide range of common allergens and can also perform Prick to Prick skin tests by taking samples from the foods that you might be allergic to you. Please being the sample to be tested with you.
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 quite difficult for the individuals to detect what the root cause of the problem is. If you or your child are suffering from a suspected allergy, book a same day appointment at your nearest private allergy testing clinic and get the allergy diagnosed and confirmed.
The test will let you know if and what you are allergic to, help avoid the allergens 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 severe allergy, skin testing is a suitable way to let the GP know the root cause behind it. Some extracts of common allergens like pollen, mold, dust mites, animal dander, and foods are used for performing these tests. Once they enter into the skin, they may trigger rash and make you feel irritated.
The kind of test you need to perform will depend on your symptoms and the practitioner will be able to tell you which test to perform.
Your first visit to the Medical Express Clinic, allergy testing for your babies or child 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.