If you think you may have an intolerance to a substrate which could be avoided or are worried about a full-blown allergy for yourself or your child, Midland Health can provide some clarity with our private allergy testing services in Birmingham. Our GP’s provide expert advice on managing intolerances or allergies, alongside a range of allergy tests to help you to understand your body and its sensitivities.
Learning about your allergies at Midland Health
If your body experiences an adverse reaction to a specific food, or otherwise benign factors of the environment around you, such as dust or pollen, it means that you have an allergy. Untreated allergies can manifest as more serious chronic conditions, such as asthma, hay fever and eczema. This is why it’s important to identify and treat any allergies early on.
Here, at Midland Health, we offer a wide range of allergy testing services that can help you find out if you have an allergy and what you are allergic to. With a simple blood test, we can find out whether you are sensitive to a number of common allergens, including:
- Fish and Shell Fish
- Food Intolerance
- Gluten Intolerance
- Lactose Intolerance
- Milk and Milk Proteins
- Nuts and Seeds
- Stone Fruit
Once you are aware of your allergies, our doctors will help you with advice on how to manage those, how to treat allergic reactions and what the most effective medication would be in your situation.
When should you seek allergy testing?
Many people live with allergies for years without even knowing it. Allergies can also appear later in life, in some cases, you can experience an allergic reaction to a substance that you have never had issues with before. Some of the common allergy symptoms to look out for are:
- Sudden fits of uncontrollable sneezing
- A runny or blocked nose
- Eye irritation, including redness, itchiness and watery eyes
- Wheezing, shortness of breath and a cough
- Rashes or hives
- Swelling of the lips, face, tongue or eyes
- Stomach pain, vomiting or diarrhoea
- Exacerbation of your asthma or eczema
Usually, the allergy symptoms are mild and don’t pose an imminent danger to your health. However, in some cases, you may suffer from a severe reaction, called anaphylactic shock. If that happens, you must contact the emergency services immediately.
If you are worried about having a mild allergic reaction or you have any of the above symptoms, book a consultation with one of our GPs to discuss allergy testing today.
How does private allergy testing work?
At Midland Health, we have a multidisciplinary team of medical specialists who can advise you on any allergic condition that you may have but to do that, we first have to find out what your allergies are.
Working from our modern clinic in Birmingham city centre, we have access to advanced private allergy testing facilities and Government-approved labs to ensure fast and reliable results. Not from the Midlands? We also have allergy testing services in Leicester and Liverpool.
Before doing any allergy tests, we will set up an initial consultation with one of our doctors, who will ask you about your medical history to find out whether you have any predisposition to various allergic conditions that could be hereditary.
Following your first appointment, you may be offered various allergy tests to find out exactly what is going on in your body. Allergy testing isn’t scary – it can be as simple as a blood test or a basic skin prick test (where a small amount of a substance is injected into your skin to see how you react to it).
Once we have taken your blood test, you will have results within days and our medical experts will give you guidance on how to proceed. Whatever the situation is, our team will be by your side every step of the way to support you with knowledge and advice.
Private Allergy Testing Cost
The cost of our allergy testing services varies depending on the type and the number of tests that need to be done to positively confirm a diagnosis. However, it all starts with an initial GP consultation, which could be Express (15 minutes) at £60 or Standard (30 Minutes) at £120.
What are the ten most common allergies?
The 10 most common allergies include soy, milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, nuts and nut oils, fish, shellfish, sesame seeds and raw fruits and vegetables.
Can allergies be cured?
No, but most allergies can be successfully treated and the symptoms can be managed so that they don’t interfere with your daily life.
Is there any medicine I should avoid before allergy testing?
Yes, you must stop taking all oral allergy medication as well as any cold and sinus treatment at least 5 days before your allergy test. If there is any other medication you should avoid, our experts will advise you during your initial consultation.
How accurate is allergy testing?
A negative test result is almost always correct. False positives can occur, which is why the results are most useful when interpreted by a trained expert, such as the ones we work with at Midland Health.
Where can I have allergy testing done with Midland Health?
You can find private allergy testing near you in one of our three sites – Birmingham, Leicester and Liverpool.
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