Book an Allergy Test in Winchester
Many people in the UK are affected by allergies. There are lots of tell-tale signs to look for if you think you might be experiencing allergy symptoms. Signs such as frequent sneezing, itchy or watery eyes and a congested nose. You may experience problems when you eat certain foods. All of these symptoms could be related to allergies. But how do you know for sure? Discover what your body reacts to with our comprehensive test taken from a finger-prick blood sample. Your test is then sent to our partner lab for analysis.
- Tests for 294 different allergens including pollens, food, pets, moulds and yeasts and insects
- Sophisticated technology
- Detects allergen specific IgE
- Precision allergen component testing
- Comprehensive and reliable results within 2 weeks
Each test is £195.00. This includes a 1:1 consultation in our clinic together with the blood test, analysis and a call to discuss the results.
If we think based on your symptoms that food intolerance is the more likely issue then we can run this test instead.
Please select a date and time from the calendar for the consultation and test and enter your details as required.
Sensitised or allergic?
Allergy is an overreaction of your immune system in response to something that is normally harmless. In an allergic reaction to substances such as pollen, house dust mites, certain foods or insect stings, the immune system produces antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) specific to the allergen it’s trying to fight. The process of your body becoming sensitive to an allergen is called sensitisation.
When you have an allergic reaction, the IgE antibodies tell other cells to release certain chemicals, such as histamine. And it’s those chemicals that can cause the annoying and sometimes even life-threatening allergy symptoms. The difference between sensitisation and allergy is whether your immune system uses its defence mechanisms or not. In other words, whether the chemicals that cause allergy symptoms are released or not. If you’re allergic, your next encounter with the allergen might trigger an allergic reaction. But you can be sensitised and encounter the specific substance repeatedly and never experience allergy symptoms. Sensitisation does not always lead to symptoms, but symptoms do not develop without sensitisation.
What allergens does the test look for?
The Allergy Test enables the analysis of 290+ allergens using the innovative technology ALEX – Allergy Explorer. ALEX measures allergen specific IgE and total IgE. The allergens that are tested are divided into the following groups:
- Pollen 59
- Pets 25
- Mites 19
- Insect stings 10
- Moulds & yeasts 13
- Foods 154
- Other allergens 14
How is my blood analysed?
Your blood sample is analysed using the innovative technology ALEX – Allergy Explorer, which provides extensive multiplex testing of IgE levels. Our test detects your body’s reactions to both allergen extracts and allergen components, allowing for comprehensive precision testing right down to individual proteins in an allergen source. The ALEX test method has been compared against the ImmunoCAP ISAC method, which is another very well-established and acknowledged method used by doctors and blood laboratories around the world. The study has been published in the peer-reviewed journal, World Allergy Organisation: Heffler et al. World Allergy Organisation Journal (2018) 11:7.
Validated for specialist use
Skin prick tests are one of the most common methods to test for allergy.
How are allergy blood tests performed?
Collecting a finger-prick blood sample is simple and is usually only temporarily uncomfortable.
Your blood sample will be sent to a laboratory and tested against the allergens. When your allergy blood test results are ready we will set up a call with you to discuss the results. As a registered pharmacy, we can then discuss potential treatment options to help reduce your symptoms and strategies to reduce exposure.
How accurate are allergy blood test results?
Overall, the accuracy of blood tests for allergy is high. Blood tests are evolving all the time and getting more precise.
What to do after allergy blood testing
Knowing exactly what you are allergic to means you’re better equipped to manage your allergy symptoms. You will be able to discuss your treatment options with us and make decisions that are right for you.