Allergy

Tests and treatment for allergies and asthma

​Our consultant allergists are leaders in their field, offering diagnosis and treatment for both adults and children

Overview

An allergy is an overreaction of the immune system to a normally harmless substance, such as foods, pollen, cats or dust. This is known as an allergen. The body's immune system treats the allergen as an invader and reacts, resulting in allergy symptoms that can be anywhere from annoying to harmful. Symptoms could includes sneezes and itches, rashes, falls in blood pressure and airway narrowing, which leads to difficulty breathing. Over 18 million people in the UK have an allergy. Our consultant allergists test, diagnose and create treatment plans for many common allergies, including asthma, hay fever and allergic rhinitis, food allergies, reactions to medication, skin allergies, severe reactions to insect stings and more.

Expertise

We have a comprehensive team of consultant allergists for both adults and paediatrics, together with access to up-to-date diagnostic allergy tests.

  • Bronchial challenge test

    Need to know

    Asthma is a common condition that causes lung inflammation and makes it difficult to breathe. This inflammation is sometimes caused by allergies or overly sensitive airways. A bronchial challenge test ‘challenges’ your airways by asking you to inhale doses of a powder called mannitol and then measures...

  • Skin prick test for allergies

    Need to know

    A skin prick test is usually the first test to be carried out when looking for an allergen. It's a quick, safe and painless test, and you'll get the results quickly.

  • Food challenge allergy testing

    Need to know

    A food challenge is considered the 'gold standard' diagnostic test for food allergies. It is the only true way of knowing whether your child will have an allergic reaction to a food. These tests are also useful to check whether a child has outgrown their allergy to a certain food or medicine.

Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

Our leading consultant allergists test, diagnose and help adults and children of all ages to effectively manage a range of allergies.

Our facilities

We understand the impact an allergy can have your quality of life and offer a comprehensive service at our specialist clinics and treatment centres.

Nurse with child patient

The Portland Hospital

At the Portland, we offer a comprehensive allergy testing service for children, including a food challenge test and drug allergy tests. About 40% of British children are affected by allergies. You can be assured your child is being tested or treated by specialised paediatric allergy consultants

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