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The simple skin prick allergy test for children

skin prick allergy test for children

Posted on August 21st, 2018

A runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing and red, itchy patches on the skin are all clear indications of a possible allergy, and no parent wants to see their child suffer these unwelcome symptoms.

Thankfully, you can take action against allergies with a simple test, available at YourGP. The skin prick allergy test is available for children aged four and over, and one of the great things about it is that it offers immediate results, so you can leave your appointment with knowledge of the problem and a treatment to resolve it.

Alternatively, for older children and adults, you can choose to have a full blood draw laboratory test. Like the skin prick test, this method provides quality, reliable results, they just take a little longer to process – approximately two working days.

How it works

  1. We will send you a list of instructions with regards to you stopping particular treatments, e.g. anti – histamines, for a set time scale before we can see you for testing.
  2. A tiny amount of the allergen is spotted onto your forearm and any reaction, usually a small blister with red ‘flare’ patch around the test area, measured. You will leave knowing your result at the end of your appointment. We hold a stock of the most common allergens; please ask if yours is in clinic, if not we require a few days to get the test.
  3. If your allergy is confirmed, we offer a wide range of aluminium-free allergy treatments from our worldwide recognised, UK based, colleagues at Allergy Therapeutics.

Cost

Skin prick test (individuals aged 4 years and older):
– 0-3 allergens: £10 total + consultation fee of £175
– 4-6 allergens: £15 total + consultation fee of £175
– 7 allergens and more: Price on application

Full blood draw (individuals aged 16 years and older):
From £35 per individual allergen + consultation fee of £100
Or allergy panels from £184.80 + consultation fee of £100

When you book your appointment, we will ask for a £50 deposit to secure the appointment. This will be deducted from the total cost of your consultation.

If you want to find out more about allergies, or want to get tested for an allergy, use our online booking form to book a consultation, call us on 0131 225 5656 or email our reception team at reception@your.gp.

I’d like to thank everyone for their friendly professional attitudes and service. It made what was an anxious time for me much easier to cope with

Scott – Edinburgh

YourGP is regulated by Healthcare Improvement Scotland – the regulator for independent healthcare services across Scotland. Healthcare Improvement Scotland accepts complaints at any time. Contact them at:

Independent Healthcare Team
Gyle Square | 1 South Gyle Crescent | Edinburgh | EH12 9EB
0131 623 4342 | hcis.clinicregulation@nhs.net