Allergy Clinic

The Allergy clinic provides comprehensive allergy diagnostic tests for children and adults to uncover undiagnosed allergies resulting in symptoms of hay fever, asthma, food allergies, eczema, allergic rhinitis, anaphylaxis, angioedema, sinusitis and urticaria. The Allergy clinic also test for lactose intolerance (Breath test).

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Allergy diagnostic tests include Skin Prick Tests and allergy blood test Alex 2 test that can rapidly and reliably test for up to 300 allergens simultaneously.

The body produces antibodies to attack anything that it sees as a threat. In people who suffer with allergies their body produces antibodies against the allergen, such as pollen. This is a specific type of antibody called IgE. When that person comes into contact with the allergen, their body produces IgE, which in turn causes a particular type of cell, called mast cells, to release histamine. It is the release of histamine that causes the symptoms of allergies and hence why taking antihistamines can settle the reaction.

Mast cells are found in the skin, nose, eyes and mouth, throat, stomach and gut, which explains why the common symptoms of allergies are:

Dr Petra Palmeri has a postgraduate certificate in allergy, she is a member of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI) and has 20 years of experience dealing with allergic conditions.

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We advise that you discuss with your normal doctor whether you need allergy testing. If it is felt allergy testing should be undertaken, your doctor will arrange an appointment for you to attend the allergy clinic where Dr Palmeri will decide what test would be most appropriate.