Patch Testing for Contact Allergic Dermatitis
We inevitably make contact with multiple allergens or haptens in our daily lives both at home and at work. Our skin¬†may react badly giving rise to a¬†local or a generalised rash.¬† UV light from the sun can also be a contributory factor especially between April and October. Identifying the offending agent can be a significant challenge but can be made easy with Patch Testing.
Series available include:
- British Society for Cutaneous Allergy Series
(41 of the commonest allergens found in the UK and Ireland and a useful starting point).
- Leg Ulcer Series¬†(27 of the commonest allergens¬†found in dressings and medicaments which may cause or¬†exacerbate eczema associated with leg ulcers and varicose veins. NICE recommends patch testing in advance of treating leg ulcers/varicose eczema).
- Bakery series
- Corticosteroid series
- Cosmetic series
- Fragrance series
- Hairdressing series
- Plastics & Glues series
- Shoe series
- Textile Colours and Finish series
An¬†appointment is necessary¬†to¬†assess your skin and patch testing requirements and will involve careful history taking and¬†examination. Please bring¬†all medication including creams and ointments to this appointment.
Patch Testing is usually carried out over¬†5 days.
- Day 1 – Patch Testing chambers are applied to the back.
- Day¬†3 – Patch Testing chambers are removed and 1st assessment.
- Day¬†5 – 2nd assessment and issuing of data sheets on allergens idientified.
We can also test your jewellery for nickel if you have this allergy using a chemical test.
Cost ‚ā¨200 (includes initial consultation); ‚ā¨150¬† additional series.
Diagnostic tests such as patch testing attract tax relief from revenue.
To make an appointment telephone Enniscorthy Medical Centre on¬†053 92 39512¬†or complete the¬†on-line¬†Contact Form