What to Expect

On arrival, you will be asked to fill in a registration form with your medical details.

Initial consultation will likely be lengthy, sometimes up to an hour. This will include a detailed history and examination, allergy skin testing and interpretation and formulation of a comprehensive management plan.

Relevant education will also be provided such as asthma inhaler technique, Epipen education and correct technique for the use of nasal sprays.

Subsequent visits will be shorter as most of the testing will have been done and will largely consist of chasing results and discussing management.

If you have any questions regarding your investigations please ask Dr. Patel on the day for clarification.

Allergy Skin Testing Procedure

  • Allergy skin testing involves first marking your skin with a pen.
  • Droplets of the allergen are placed on your forearm, followed by a small prick test with a lancet.
  • This is slightly uncomfortable but not painful. There are about 20 allergens that will be tested routinely although this may be shorter depending on your history.
  • Once the prick test is performed, you will need to wait 20 minutes before reading.
  • The significance of the results will be discussed after the test is performed.

PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Patel will endeavour to keep to time as much as possible, but allergy medicine is complex and he may run behind time. There is a café downstairs if you would like to drink coffee/tea while you wait.