Why am I finding it so hard to get tested?

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magiksen
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by magiksen on Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:45 pm

Why am I finding it so hard to get tested?

I have a history of urticaria, sore eyes, contact dermatitis, ibs, and probably more I’ve forgotren to add!
I was told I would be referred for allergy testing but at the last minute my GP decided not to.
I am really suffering at the moment with really painful sore eyelids and rashes and a constantly runny nose. I just want to know what’s causing this.
Is there anywhere I can go to get allergy testing done? Is it hard to be referred by your doctor?

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Dr Anton Alexandroff
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by Dr Anton Alexandroff on Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:06 pm

Re: Why am I finding it so hard to get tested?

Thank you. I am so sorry to hear about your problem!

You need to se a dermatologist to have allergy test for dermatitis (eczema), it is called patch testing. But you need to see an immunologist to get allergy testing for urticaria (nettle rash), it is called prick testing. Prick testing may also be helpful for hayfever.

I hope this is helpful.

I hope this is helpful.
With Best Wishes,

Dr Anton Alexandroff FRCP(UK) PhD CCT(Derm) FRSM FAAD
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by Dr Chris Rutkowski on Wed Feb 13, 2019 7:10 pm

Re: Why am I finding it so hard to get tested?

as my colleague mentioned your should see a dermatologist for dermatitis and an allergist for your nasal symptoms. GP could send off specific IgE (RAST) to grass and tree pollen, house dust mites etc to investigate your nasal symptoms. Skin prick testing does not usually help with urticaria unless you suspect immediate reactions (within max 60 min) to food etc
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