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Allergy diagnosis and treatment

Our allergy diagnosis and treatment service can help you if you have any concerns about a wide range of allergies.

Our allergy service, founded by Dr Bill Frankland at St Mary’s Hospital has a long and rich history. It was the first of its kind in the UK and was the location of the first pollen count. The hospital also administered the first ever immunotherapy treatments for allergies, and we remain at the forefront of allergy diagnosis and treatment today. We currently offer this service in The Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital.

We are able to support and treat patients with a wide range of allergies including:

•food allergy
•anaphylaxis
•drug allergy
•urticaria (hives) and angioedema (swelling)
•venom allergy
•latex allergy
•pet allergy
•allergic rhinitis and asthma

Allergy diagnosis

Our specialist consultants have the expertise to diagnose your allergy through a wide range of investigations. We are able to offer all diagnostic options including:

•skin prick testing for inhalants allergens (dust mites, pollen, fungus, animals), food, venom or latex
•prick to prick testing with fresh foods (nuts, seeds, milk, egg, fish and shellfish, fresh fruits and vegetables etc.)
•blood tests for specific allergies
•lung function testing
•drug allergy skin prick and intradermal testing

Food sensitivity profiling

Our allergy team are able to offer a comprehensive food sensitisation profile for patients with a history of food related anaphylaxis. This involves a simple blood test which can identify the likelihood of a severe allergy. If a serious allergy is detected, our expert consultants will provide you with a tailored plan advising on treatment for your allergy and how to manage your condition going forwards.

Food and drugs allergy challenges

We are able to offer private food and drug challenges, which are the gold standard option for suspected food or drug allergies. Your consultant will provide measured doses of the selected food or drug and monitor you closely for any reaction under controlled conditions until an allergy can be ruled out, or until a need for treatment is detected. This definitive test will offer complete reassurance if you have any allergy concerns.

Allergen immunotherapy treatment

Our allergy consultants are able to provide an allergen immunotherapy treatment option, which can help to desensitise you and alleviate your symptoms. This treatment is suitable for patients with a sensitivity to airborne allergens including house dustmites, tree pollen, grass pollen, fungus or pet hair.

Ongoing support and advice

All our patients will be provided with a personalised, comprehensive management plan, including information leaflets and training on administration techniques and links to support groups or charities that offer support for patients with similar allergies. Our team are also able to provide support by teaching patients to use inhalers and adrenaline auto-injectors if required.