Q. How to make most out of your appointment ?

  • Please arrive a little early to complete the registration documentation with the hospital.
  • Please stop anti-histamines at least 5 days prior to your appointment, as they can interfere with interpretation of skin testing.
  • If anti-histamines can not be stopped, we will still be able to do IgE (blood) testing, hence if you cannot stop antihistamines please still keep your appointment.
  • Make a list of questions you would like to be answered
  • Bring along
    • photos and digital images - referral letters - listof  foods that may have caused the reaction
    • Content lists of any processed foods which may have caused the reaction.
    • Please take time to think carefully about events surrounding your reaction / symptoms
    • Please bring a small specimen of individual food ingredient ( no more than 5 specimens) you think has caused the reaction to the clinic.

Q. What is a skin prick test ?

Skin prick testing involves placing tiny drops of test substances (allergens) on the skin of the forearm and then pricking through it using a very tiny sterile lancet. The tests are read after 15 minutes.
If the test is positive, an itchy wheal will appear at the site of the test.

Q. How common are allergies to food ?

Not all food related adverse events are due to allergy. Some of these will be food allergies whilst others are food intolerances. A consultation with an Allergy Specialist will help to tease out allergy from food intolerance to ensure that the advice and treatment are correct.