Nuffield Health has a range of experts across the UK who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of all manner of allergies.
Find out more about what we offer below, or if you're ready to take the next step please call 0845 602 9262 or simply fill out the form to the right and we'll call you back.
Taking charge of your allergy
Getting tested for an allergy gives you valuable information about something that may have been affecting you for quite a while. You may not even know that you have an allergy. An allergy can affect you in different ways;
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
- Upset stomach.
You get symptoms like this when your immune system overreacts to certain substances, like;
- Dust mites
- Certain foods.
For someone who is allergic, these symptoms are uncomfortable and can affect your quality of life. In very extreme cases it can even be life-threatening.
Your immune system behaves as if the allergen was a dangerous substance and produces special antibodies, to destroy it. As a result, chemicals are released which causes the symptoms of an allergic reaction.
An allergy test can confirm a diagnosis made from your clinical history. With the information from an allergy test, together we can decide on a way to manage your allergy.
Getting tested for an allergy can be your first step to a better quality of life. If you are suffering please get in touch today.
We’re in this together
We understand that if you have concerns about an allergy, you want to find a solution, quickly and easily. At Nuffield Health we will talk to you about managing your allergy and the best way forward, for you. We want you to have as much information as you need to be able to make the right decision for you. Together we’ll get you back to good health as soon as possible.
Preparing to visit us
If you think you may want to be tested for an allergy, the first step is to make an appointment for a consultation. It’s good to think about your symptoms and when they started, because when you call, we’ll ask you a few questions about your symptoms, and any medication you may be taking.
If you are taking anti-histamines, we may ask you to stop taking them five days before the consultation.
Coming to the allergy clinic
Before you come and see us, you may want jot down a few questions, or simply ask us any that spring to mind on the day.
At your consultation, you’ll see the allergy nurse who will talk to you about your clinical history. You will be asked a range of questions about your symptoms, general health, diet, and home and work environments. All of these are important to work out just what could be triggering your reactions (allergens) as well as deciding what is the most appropriate next step for you.
Once we take down your clinical history, the allergy nurse will discuss with you whether a skin prick test or a blood test is best for you.
The test you have will depend on a number of factors, including your symptoms and the condition of your skin. For example, if you have a history of severe allergic reactions or if you suffer with extensive eczema, a blood test will be better for you than a skin prick test.
- The skin prick test
This test really only scratches the skin, rather than puncturing or piercing it. No blood is drawn and it is very safe. The nurse drops a small amount of possible allergens onto your forearm. The skin is then scratched so that the allergens can react with your skin. If a red mark appears, it’s measured and the nurse can work out the best advice on avoiding and managing the identified allergy.
- The blood test
A sample of blood is taken and sent to one of our laboratories for analysis. The lab results can confirm the diagnosis reached during your consultation. You will be advised of the result within a few days.
After the test
If an allergy has been discovered, we can talk to you about how to control it. Most allergies can be dealt with by managing your lifestyle and through medication and avoidance. If your allergy is particularly complex, the nurse can refer you to an allergy specialist for further treatment or advice.
At the end of your consultation, your allergy nurse will give you advice and information about your treatment. You will receive one years' free membership to Allergy UK - they’re a medical charity that can provide you with information and support that you will need in the coming year.
If your clinical history suggests that your symptoms are due to food intolerance or another form of hypersensitivity, Allergy UK can offer advice and support.
How much will it cost?
The initial appointment involves a consultation with one of our experts. Prices do vary and are dependent on your specific requirements.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail. If an onward referral is required then this will be discussed with you during your appointment.