Adult Skin Prick Test

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  • Address

    Bon Secours Consultants Clinic & Beacon Allergy Clinic

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  • Phone

    085 238 3373

  • Fax

    01 884 1256

  • Email

    info@dublinallergy.com

  • Working Hours

    • Monday
      0800 - 1300
    • Tuesday
      0800 - 1700
    • Wednesday
      0800 - 1700
    • Thursday
      Admin & Emergency
    • Friday
      0800 - 1700
    • Saturday & Sunday
      Closed

Adult Skin Prick Testing

Skin Prick testing is our main for of testing for allergy:

We have over 100 items that we are able to test – both Environmental and Foods are tested at the same time. However, generally because of space, usually about 8-10 items are tested per arm.

With me, no two patients get the same test as I take a full and exhaustive history and examination so I know which items should be checked. This is the way it should be done because everyone  and their environments and circumstances are different.

As we have patients from all over Ireland, or the world for that matter with increasing Globalization, I am able to tailor or make a bespoke test as per patient and their symptoms.

The test is done with minimal discomfort and is completed in 15 minutes. This involves placing a small drop of a substance being tested on the forearm or rarely the back and a Tiny prick is done on the surface of the skin so the protein interacts with the immune system.

A small bump forms on the skin is the patient is allergic (A Wheal) and there is some associated redness  (Flare) response noted.

The size of the bump corresponds with the strength of the Allergy and this is carefully measured and noted. This is all done by Dr Kaulsay and his nurse personally so we get very accurate and consistent results as many thousands of these tests have been done by him.

A very small risk of a systemic is possible, but we supervise the patient at all times, and are fully equipped to stop a reaction at any stage during the fifteen minutes.

Then a full report, recommendations , treatment and demonstration of emergency medications is done when necessary.

The patients leave knowing what the allergy is , the prescription and we write back to the referring doctor and the patients GP. You do not need a referral to come and see us however.

Travel advice and letters for the carriage of emergency medications are also done.

Essentially – you get fully tested and sorted in the same visit for this type of test.

We only use the highest quality extracts from Denmark, France, Germany, Spain and the UK. If we do not have that particular extract, you may be asked to bring in a sample of the offending food for what is known as a Prick- to – Prick test.

Remember:
1) No antihistamines for 3 days before coming
2) Do Not moisturize your arm or use steroid creams on the forearms on the day of the test.
3) DO NOT fast and inform the doctor or nurse if you have a needle phobia.

It is not painful and no blood test will be needed for this.

Consultation

  • Initial Consultation
  • Review Consultation

Investigations

  • ISAC 112 panel Specific IgE Test
  • FABER 224 panel Specific IgE Test
  • One Single Specific IgE Blood Test
  • One Total Antibody IgE Blood Test
  • Contact Patch Test (36 Specific Allergens, includes reading & review)
  • Specialised Contact Patch Testing
  • Skin Prick Test and Report

Other Services

  • Sub Lingual Immunotherapy, SLIT
  • Nasal Examination & Scope
  • Repeat Prescriptions
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