If you’re frequently sneezing, feeling itchy eyes or skin, or have stomach upsets, you may have an allergy. It’s a very common problem, and can make you miserable – even put you at risk for a life-threatening reaction.
If you’ve been bothered by symptoms that seem like allergic reactions, it’s time to get treatment – so you can feel more comfortable, sleep better, and get on with your life.
What exactly is an allergy?
An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance — such as pet dander, dust, pollen, bee sting, even certain foods.
Your immune system overreacts to the allergen, and starts a chain-reaction, producing antibodies that trigger release of histamines, causing an allergic reaction like a sneeze.
What are the symptoms?
An allergic reaction typically triggers symptoms in the nose, throat, sinuses, lungs, ears, stomach or skin. In very serious cases, an allergen can trigger anaphylaxis, a life-threatening reaction that affects breathing.
Several types of allergens can trigger allergic reactions, including:
- Animal dander
- Insect stings
Your allergy symptoms depend on the allergen involved, so you may feel it in your airways, sinuses and nasal passages, skin, or digestive system. Your reaction can range from mild to severe. Some common allergy symptoms:
- Itching of nose or eyes
- Runny, stuffy nose
- Watery, red or swollen eyes
Insect sting allergy:
- Swelling at the sting site
- Itching or hives
- Cough, chest tightness, wheezing or shortness of breath
- Anaphylaxis (severe deadly reaction)
- Swelling of the lips, tongue, face or throat
- Itchy skin
- Facial swelling
Skin allergy (atopic dermatitis):
- Itching and redness
- Flaking or peeling skin
What should you do?
If you have signs of anaphylaxis (swelling and difficulty breathing), call 999.
If your symptoms are not life-threatening, call HealthHub to schedule an appointment that fits your schedule.
Our approach to allergy diagnosis
At HealthHub, you will meet with an allergy specialist and receive advanced testing to determine your specific allergy trigger.
In order to provide the most reliable, safe and error-free results for our patients, we employ the best allergy testing methods available. ImmunoCAP is one of the largely computerised ways to detect allergies, which completely removes the capacity for human error, allows for early allergy detection and provides clear directions regarding treatment.
We also provide skin prick testing for 26 of the most common inhaled and food allergens – considered the gold standard analysis.
Take the first step
In scheduling your appointment, please allow 4 hours. Very often, we can complete all testing, results and prescribe treatment in one day’s office appointment.
We’ll pinpoint your underlying allergy and determine the proper treatment – which typically involves medication and immunotherapy (to strengthen the immune system). Skin prick testing is also performed, often to corroborate and confirm true sensitivity to allergens.
What’s the price?
Skin prick testing: from £95
Comprehensive food and inhaled allergen screen using specific IgE mixes £250, further analysis of positive screened groups: £60 +
Follow up: £100
We accept self-pay patients and all insurance plans.