Allergy Clinic in Glasgow

"The basis for making a diagnosis of allergy is the consultation."

The results of this testing are read after 15 minutes therefore you would have the results before you leave the clinic.

Skin prick testing introduces a small amount of liquid containing the proteins of the common airborne allergens or food allergens into the skin. A positive test results in a red itchy weal at the injection site. Skin prick testing is safe and not particularly uncomfortable.

To ensure the results are accurate, there should have been no antihistamine taken for 3-5 days prior to the testing. Also please include any medication you take on the registration form you complete on arrival at the clinic.

Like the skin prick allergy test, this method provides quality, reliable results, they just take a little longer to process – approximately 3 to 5 working days.

We offer tests for more than 600 individual allergens, measuring specific lgE antibody blood levels.

Consultation: £100
Consultation + Skin Prick Testing: £180

Please note that all Blood test prices do not include the £100 consultation fee.

As with any other health checks, we are unable to do blood tests without any prior consultation.

Blood tests
1 x Single Individual Allergen - £40
5 x Single Individual Allergens - £150

Pollinex Quattro injections for grass or tree pollen - 3 year treatment
Guide price per year: £1250 for the kit/medication plus 4 x £100 consultations for the administration of the Pollinex injections.

Oralvac sublingual drops for cat or house dust mite allergies - 3 year treatment
Guide price per year: £1500 for the medication plus 1 additional £100 consultation for the supervision of the initial dose. 

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In general, because of the lack of the maturity of the immune system, we do not carry out allergy testing to children under 7 / 8 years old.

Skin prick tests are unsuitable:
If you are pregnant
if you have a history of anaphylaxis.

Allergy testing is also unsuitable for those with no symptoms and no history of suspected allergy.

Dr McAlister will first take the full details of your symptoms and how they have affected you. Other background medical questions will help us to understand other factors that might be involved. From your description of your symptoms, and the answers to other questions, we will begin to understand what the causes might be.

We can provide all available allergy tests. These can be done on the day of your first appointment where they are indicated. However, not all patients who come to see us actually need an allergy test. Even if your symptoms are typical of allergy, tests are not always needed to make the diagnosis. In other cases no allergy testing is required as it is clear from the history that the symptoms are not allergy related. Guidance will be given. Sometimes tests other than allergy tests are performed, being based on the clinical history.

Please stop anti-histamines at least 3 days prior to your appointment, as they interfere with skin testing. If anti-histamines cannot be stopped, we will still be able to do IgE (blood) testing.

Please take time to think carefully about events surrounding your reaction / symptoms.

Bring along:
• Photos and digital images
• Referral letters
• List of foods / allergens that may have caused a reaction
• A list of your medication (or ideally the medication itself).

Allergies are usually a life long condition. They change with age and this is called the “Allergic March”. Children tend to get cows milk protein allergy, asthma and other food allergies. Milk and egg allergies tend to be outgrown, while shellfish and nut allergies tend to persist. Teenagers get hay fever and generally the older you get, the less problematic your allergies become. Or so it used to be. However the pattern has changed over the past few years with more adults developing allergies, and children tending to take longer to out grow the milk and egg allergies of the early years. .

Peanuts are legumes (bean family) and unlike the nuts grow on trees. They are different food families, but co-incidentally 50% of peanut allergic children also react to tree nuts and sesame seed. As peanuts are from the legume family, it would be important to ask/test for any reactions to other foods in this group such as peas, beans and lentils.

Skin Prick Testing results would be available by the end of the consultation.

We would have the allergy blood results from the lab within 2-3 days.

Allergy is an acute reaction with reddening, itching and swelling that involves the immune system and which can occasionally be life threatening (anaphylaxis).

Intolerance is a non life-threatening reaction. The presentation might be abdominal pain or a feeling of malaise. There are no specific tests that can be done to test for intolerance. The best advice is elimination of a suspected food/agent for a period of time, then re-intoducing it to see if the symptoms reappear. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest the cows milk sugar lactose.

Skin prick testing
• Lower cost, high sensitivity and rapid results

• May be affected by medication and skin condition.
• Potential to cause adverse reaction.
• Responsiveness depends on age.
• Inconvenient for patient.

Blood testing
• Not interfered with by skin condition or medication such as antihistamines
• Returns quantitative result for future monitoring
• No reaction triggered in patient.
• Reliable testing method.
• Minimal blood sample.

• Higher cost
• Results take a few days. 

Ezcema is not an allergic condition. However, a consultation with our doctor would help in the management of the condition.


GP Matters
24 Buckingham Terrace
Glasgow G12 8ED
West End


Phone: 0141 7373 289

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