Allergy Testing

Our wonderful immune system

Just spent a few days at Warwick University Life Sciences Department completing an update course on Clinical Immunology. It is “mind blowing” to see how efficient our immune system is at protecting us by intensive surveillance and rapidly recognising any new virus’, super-bacteria and cunning cancer cell on a constant basis. Our 24/7 dedicated immune [...]

By | 2017-07-23T16:55:21+00:00 July 23rd, 2017|Allergy Testing|0 Comments

Our new home at Ten Harley Street

Regrettably after spending 18 years at the London Medical Centre situated at 144 Harley Street in London, the current allergy clinic building has been sold and we have had to move at short notice. Thankfully, the Surrey Allergy Clinic has been able to relocate to number 10 Harley Street into a lovely purpose decorated Georgian [...]

By | 2017-06-28T16:22:48+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Allergy Testing|0 Comments

Botox hay fever cure

An Australian study by Prof Bardin at Monarsh Medical Centre has brought to light the prospect of applying Botox gel to the inside of the nose to treat hay fever. The application of Botox gel lasts up to 90 days and blocks the nerve supply to the nose. These nerves promote inflammation,  sneezing, itching and [...]

By | 2013-01-15T12:12:26+00:00 January 15th, 2013|Allergy Testing|0 Comments

Nasal pollen filters

A small nasal filter (Sanispira)  which fits into the nostrils was shown to be very effective in reducing hay fever symptoms during the peak pollen season last year, This was shown in a group of Italian hay fever sufferers confirmed to be grass pollen allergic on both RAST and skin prick test.  The nasal filter [...]

By | 2012-08-20T19:44:26+00:00 August 20th, 2012|Airway Allergy, Allergy Testing|0 Comments

Positive allergy tests of doubtful clinical significance.

Skin Prick and Challenge allergy testing remain the “gold standard” in diagnosing allergies. Blood testing for specific IgE antibodies can occasionally give misleading and falsely elevated positive results. For example a number of previously non-allergic people stung by Honey bee’s develop an antibody to a glycoprotein which seems to precipitate multiple unrelated positive allergy RAST [...]

By | 2012-02-16T13:09:32+00:00 February 16th, 2012|Allergy Testing|0 Comments

Insect sting allergies

A recent venom allergy guideline¹ published by the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) this year, makes interesting reading. They report a lifetime-risk  between 60 and 90% for the UK population of being stung by a wasp (Vespid) or bee (Apis). Of those stung, up to 26% will report large painful local reactions, but significant allergic reactions only [...]

By | 2011-10-03T18:12:47+00:00 October 3rd, 2011|Allergy Testing|0 Comments

Testing for allergies to metal implants

Many surgical procedures involve implanting artificial metallic components such as joint replacements (arthroplasties), plates, screws and internal “plumbing” that contain metals such as titanium, nickel, cobalt and other heavy metal alloys.  Ever since mercury dental amalgam was thought to be a health hazard in the 1970’s, people have become very aware of possible side effects [...]

By | 2013-05-03T17:03:56+00:00 January 3rd, 2011|Allergy Testing|0 Comments

Cow’s milk allergy may be misdiagnosed in babies

Cow’s milk allergy is relatively common in babies (1:50) but rarely develops after one year of age. Symptom improvement on a cow’s milk-free diet and recurrence of symptoms with reintroduction of cow’s milk formula is the most accurate diagnostic procedure. Cows milk allergy may be underdiagnosed as it is common (but misguided) practice amongst UK [...]

By | 2010-12-06T10:15:37+00:00 December 6th, 2010|Allergy Testing, Food Allergy|0 Comments

Outgrowing egg allergy

Hen egg allergy is very common in infants with eczema and usually outgrown by age 6 with a few children retaining their egg allergy into adulthood.  The egg white or albumin is more allergenic than the yolk and heat or cooking damages the allergen making it less allergenic. Some children will therefore tolerate cooked but [...]

By | 2010-07-26T13:27:29+00:00 July 26th, 2010|Allergy Testing, Food Allergy|0 Comments

High Street allergy tests mislead public

The Sunday Times newspaper has again produced a masterpiece of investigative journalism (Sunday 21st February 2010) highlighting the frightening number of nonsense allergy and food intolerance tests available in central London. It is amazing that there is no public watchdog to prevent these unvalidated and unscientific allergy tests from being promoted to unsuspecting members of the public [...]

By | 2010-02-22T21:43:56+00:00 February 22nd, 2010|Allergy Testing|0 Comments