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Allergies affect the lives of up to 41 million people in the UK, and allergic disease has been described as a ‘modern epidemic’ by the World Health Organisation. Between 5 and 8 per cent of children in the UK live with a food allergy.
Allergies are most common in children, but they can occur at any age and run in families – if you have an allergy, one of your parents likely had an allergy too.
There are many kinds of allergies, from food, which is the most widely recognised, to skin, respiratory, eyes, drugs and venom allergies. While allergy reactions in most people will be mild to moderate, they can be fatal in anaphylaxis.
Allergy symptoms can make you feel awful. It can make it difficult for you to function at work or school and affect daily activities with your friends and family. Ongoing allergy can also be linked to asthma.
What causes allergies?
Things that cause allergic reactions are called allergens. The causes of allergies are unknown, but research continues into what lies behind the increase across the modern world.
Common allergens include:
tree and grass pollen (hay fever)
house dust mites
foods, such as peanuts, milk and eggs (food allergy)
animal fur, particularly from pets like cats and dogs
insect stings, such as bee and wasp stings
When will I receive my results?
After your appointment, we will send your blood sample to our partner lab on the same day. The lab will analyse the sample, and results will be sent to you via email within 5 to 7 working days from your appointment date.
Available service option
£349 per patient
We have the most comprehensive panel in the UK, which also tests for molecular allergens, which allows for a complete understanding of allergic cross-reactions and a risk assessment of food allergies (to allow for tailor-made dietary recommendations).
Likewise, allergen-specific immunotherapy can be directed against the primary triggers of symptoms (available for pollen, house dust mites and insect venoms). This test looks for elevated levels of IgE, which causes Type I allergies.
Total IgE Level
Individual Allergens Included:
Nuts & Seeds
Fish & Seafood
Insects & Venoms
Epithelial Tissues of Animals
Ant, Bee, Wasp
Pets (dog, cat, rabbit, etc.)
House Dust Mites & Storage Mites
Fungal Spores & Yeast
Ficus & Hops
Living with allergies
People with allergies can find everyday activities and maintaining their quality of life very challenging.
For many people, their house is a safe place from allergens. However, it can be difficult for people with indoor allergies, such as dust mites and pet allergies, to feel at ease at home. School can be a difficult transition for parents and children with allergies.
When you have food allergies, eating out can be an anxious experience. For those of you with food allergies, Allergy UK has a page dedicated to information so that you, too, can safely enjoy eating out.
Living with allergies at home is hard enough. However, travelling with allergies, on the other hand, presents a whole new set of challenges. Whether you are planning a trip abroad or a staycation in the UK, you can find information and advice on how to be prepared from the Allergy UK website.
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Frequently asked questions
How do I know if I have an allergy?
Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include:
a runny nose or sneezing
pain or tenderness around your cheeks, eyes or forehead
coughing, wheezing or breathlessness
itchy skin or a raised rash (hives)
feeling or being sick
swollen eyes, lips, mouth or throat
What are the most common allergies in children?
In the UK, 40% of children have been diagnosed with an allergy. The four most common allergies in children are:
How can allergies affect my child?
Allergy can affect the well-being of children in many different ways, including:
Anxiety around a potential allergic reaction
Fear of using adrenaline auto-injectors
Negative relationships with food, including food aversions and refusal
Sleep deprivation due to allergy symptoms affecting mood and concentration at school
Visible symptoms such as eczema and hives cause low self-esteem
Isolation around social events such as birthday parties and eating out at restaurants.
What is the difference between allergy and intolerance?
True food allergy affects the immune system. Even small amounts of the offending food can trigger a range of symptoms, which can be severe or life-threatening. In contrast, food intolerance often affects only the digestive system and causes less severe symptoms.
Where is this service available?
This service is available in our branches, which are commutable from anywhere in Yorkshire, including Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, York, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Barnsley, Hull, Doncaster, Ripon, Harrogate, Dewsbury, Keighley and Scarborough.
Are next-day appointments available?
Yes, you can get next-day appointments at all our branches. Contact our customer care team if you cannot find an available slot.
Next-day appointments are available at our branches.