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Paediatric allergy

Diagnosis and management of allergies

We offer access to the most up-to-date tests to help diagnose and manage allergies effectively

Overview

Allergies are on the rise – they are thought to affect about 40% of British children. Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system to a particular substance. The body’s immune system treats the substance as an invader and reacts.


We offer a comprehensive allergy testing service for children, we know how important it is to test, diagnose and manage allergies effectively, which is why we offer access to the most up-to-date allergy tests. 

Our consultant paediatric allergists can diagnose a range of triggers – such as dust, pets, pollen, dairy and wheat – and create treatment plans for many allergies. We offer a comprehensive allergy challenge testing service for children, including skin prick tests, IgE blood tests, food challenge and drug allergy testing. Our allergists also offer desensitisation treatments for respiratory allergies such as hay fever, dust mites and pets. If an allergen isn’t identified or effectively managed it can lead to anything from a sniffle to anaphylaxis. 


Expertise

Our internationally respected consultant paediatric allergists can offer access to the latest diagnostic allergy tests for children. 

  • 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.

  • Drug allergy testing in children

    Need to know

    Drug allergy testing is similar to food allergy testing except it's used to check for reactions to medicines known to cause reactions. We also offer vaccinations to egg allergic children using egg-containing vaccines such as flu, yellow fever, and MMR. We also offer vaccinations for chickenpox.

Consultant in theatres

Our consultants

We have a team of top consultant paediatric consultants treating both complex and every day symptoms and conditions for children of all ages, from little ones to under-18s. 

Our facilities

We understand the impact an allergy can have your child's life and offer a comprehensive service at our specialist paediatric outpatient clinics

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888

Request an appointment with a paediatric specialist

To request an appointment, call The Portland Hospital's paediatric unit on the number below. 

020 3918 6525
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