Allergy Test Glasgow

Prices from £150

Allergy / Intolerance Service

Prices from £150

Allergy /
Intolerance Service

An allergy is a response or hypersensitivity to a substance that would normally be harmless, but it produces a reaction in your body. In most cases these responses cause some discomfort and can be a nuisance, however is some cases these can be debilitating or life threatening as in the case on anaphylaxis.

At Doc Plus we have 2 options to check for allergens.

We offer a comprehensive blood test which checks for 300 allergens.

This is a simple blood test which measures the amount of IgE antibodies in your blood. IgE antibodies are produced when your body reacts to substances that you might be allergic to, such as specific foods.

The second is the skin prick test which tests your skin for a reaction to the different allergens. Both tests are equally effective. The advantages of the skin prick test are that it is a cheaper option, and the results are more instantaneous. It can be slightly more uncomfortable and cannot be carried out if you have a history of anaphylaxis. You will have to stop your antihistamines and steroids 3 days before the test. Also, certain other drugs have to be stopped 3 days before the test such as tricyclic antidepressants, beta blockers which will not be appropriate to stop due to underlying illness so you will be directed to take the blood test.

Nowadays many allergies can be managed through lifestyle changes and medication and avoidance of certain things which trigger your allergy. In some cases, your reaction to a specific allergen is non IgE mediated and may not be confirmed by these tests

For more information on these different options please contact our clinic or make an appointment to see a practitioner.

We are committed to exceptional patient centred care at a time that suits you. We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments for your convenience.

Skin Prick Test Panel for 12 common allergens: £150

Panels Allergens
6 Grass Mix Yorkshire fog/holcus lanatus, cocksfoot/Dactylis glomerata, Oerebbial Rye Grass/ Lolium Perenne, Timothy Grass/ Pheum pratense, Kentucky Blue Grasss/Poa pratensis, Fescue Grass/ Festuca eliator
Park Tree Mix Silver Birch/ Betula Verrucosa, Red Oak/Quercus robur, Alder/Alnus Glutinosa, Hazel /corylus  avellana, White poplar / populus alba, Lomdom Plane/ Platanus hispanica
4 Cereal mix Barley/ Hordeum Vulgare, Oat/ Avena sative, Rye/Secale cereale, Wheat /triticum aestivum
Mould Mix Alternaria alternata, Aspergillus fumigatus, Cladosporium herbarum
Nuts Peanut, Hazelnut BrazilNut Walnut Sesame
Mites Mix House dust mites D. farinae, D. Pteronysinus
Fish mix Cod, salmon, mackerel , tuna
Cat Dandar  
Dog Dandar  
Horse Dandar  
Wheat flour  
Egg Whole  

IgE Blood Test
Comprehensive Allergens Panel (Recommended): £325

Pollen


Grass Pollen: Bermuda Grass • Bhia Grass • Common reed • Cultivated rye, Pollen • Perennial Ryegrass • Timothy Grass

Tree Pollen: Acacia • Alder • Beech • Cypress • Cotton wood • Date Palm • Elm • Hazel Pollen • Mountain ceder • Mulberry • Paper mulberry • Olive

Weed Pollen: Annual Mercury • Common Pigweed • Hemp • Mugwort • Nettle • Ribwort ª Russian Thistle Wall Pellitory

 

Mites


House Dust Mites: American house dust mites • European house dust mites

Storage Mites: Acarus siro • Blomis Tropicslis • Glycyphagus domesticus • Lepidoglyphus destructor • Tyrophagus Putrescentia

 

Microorganisms & Spores


Yeast: Malassezia sympodialis • Yeast

Moulds:  Alternaria alternata • Aspergillus fumigtus • Cladosporium herbarum • Penicilinum chrysogenum

 

Plant Food


Legumes: Chickpea • Pea • Peanut • Soy • Lentil • White bean

Cereals: Barley • Common buckwheat • Cultivated rye • Lupine seed • Maize • Millet • Oat • Quinoa • Rice • Spelt

Spices: Anise • Caraway • Mustard • Oregano • Parsley • Paprika

Fruits: Avocado • Apple • Banana • Blueberry • Fig • Grapes • Kiwi • Melon • Orange • Papaya • Peach • Pear

Vegetable: Celery • Carrot • Garlic • Onion • Tomato

Nuts: Almond • Brazil nut • Cashew • Hazelnut • Macadamia • Pistachio • Pecan • Walnut

Seed: Fenugreek seeds • Poppy seed • Pumpkin seed • Sesame • Sunflower seed

 

Animal Food


Milk: Cow milk • Goat milk • Mare’s milk • Sheep milk

Egg: Egg white • Egg yolk

Seafood: Atlantic cod • Atlantic mackerel • Black Tiger Shrimp • Crab • Carp • Clam • Common mussel • Herring worm • Lobster • Shrimp • Squid • Scallop • Salmon • Swordfish • Oyster • Thornback ray • Tuna

Meat: Cattle meat • Chicken meat • House cricket • Horse meat • Migratory locust • Pork • Rabbit meat • Sheep meat • Turkey

 

Insect & Venoms


Fire and poison: American cockroach • Fire ant • Honeybee • Hornet • German cockroach • Paper wasp venom • Wasp

Animal Origin: Cat • Dog • Guinea pig • House mouse • Rabbit • Rat

Farm Animal: Cattle • Goat • Horse • Sheep • Pig

IgE Blood Test
Comprehensive Allergens Panel (Recommended): £325

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Pollen


Grass Pollen
Bermuda Grass
Bhia Grass
Common reed
Cultivated rye, Pollen
Perennial Ryegrass
Timothy Grass


Tree Pollen
Acacia
Alder
Beech
Cypress
Cotton wood
Date Palm
Elm
Hazel Pollen
Mountain ceder
Mulberry
Paper mulberry
Olive


Weed Pollen
Annual Mercury
Common Pigweed
Hemp
Mugwort
Nettle
Ribwort
Russian Thistle Wall Pellitory

Mites


House Dust Mites
American house dust mites
European house dust mites


Storage Mites
Acarus siro
Blomis Tropicslis
Glycyphagus domesticus
Lepidoglyphus destructor
Tyrophagus Putrescentia

Microorganisms & Spores


Yeast
Malassezia sympodialis
Yeast


Moulds
Alternaria alternata
Aspergillus fumigtus
Cladosporium herbarum
Penicilinum chrysogenum

Plant and animal food


Legumes
Chickpea
Pea
Peanut
Soy
Lentil
White bean


Cereals
Barley
Common buckwheat
Cultivated rye
Lupine seed
Maize
Millet
Oat
Quinoa
Rice
Spelt


Spices
Anise
Caraway
Mustard
Oregano
Parsley
Paprika


Fruits
Avocado
Apple
Banana
Blueberry
Fig
Grapes
Kiwi
Melon
Orange
Papaya
Peach
Pear

Vegetable
Celery
Carrot
Garlic
Onion
Tomato


Nuts
Almond
Brazil nut
Cashew
Hazelnut
Macadamia
Pistachio
Pecan
Walnut


Seed
Fenugreek seeds
Poppy seed
Pumpkin seed
Sesame
Sunflower seed

Milk
Cow milk
Goat milk
Mare’s milk
Sheep milk


Egg
Egg white
Egg yolk


Seafood
Atlantic cod
Atlantic mackerel
Black Tiger Shrimp
Crab
Carp
Clam
Common mussel
Herring worm
Lobster
Shrimp
Squid
Scallop
Salmon
Swordfish
Oyster
Thornback ray
Tuna

Meat
Cattle meat
Chicken meat
House cricket
Horse meat
Migratory locust
Pork
Rabbit meat
Sheep meat
Turkey

Insect & Venoms


Fire and poison
American cockroach
Fire ant
Honeybee
Hornet
German cockroach
Paper wasp venom
Wasp

Animal Origin


Cat
Dog
Guinea pig
House mouse
Rabbit
Rat

Farm Animal


Cattle
Goat
Horse
Sheep
Pig

Other


Latex
Horn Lactoferrin
Pigeon tick
Weeping fig

Note: These prices included consultation, interpretation of results and management.

Food Intolerance
Most food intolerances / allergies can also be tested for using blood test screening, and these are tested for in groups, the main ones being as follows:

  • Shellfish
  • Fin Fish
  • Cereals
  • Gluten
  • Nuts / Seeds (Pulses)
  • Spices
  • Dairy Products
  • Eggs

Using the same method as used for allergy testing, in the lab your blood sample is exposed to different food stuffs that you may be allergic to or have an intolerance to. When you know what these are you can remove them from your diet or find substitute produce that avoids any reaction or unpleasant symptoms.

Food allergy and food intolerance are commonly confused, as symptoms of food intolerance occasionally resemble those of food allergy. However, food intolerance does not involve the immune system and does not cause severe allergic reactions (known as anaphylaxis). Food intolerance also does not show on allergy testing.

A food intolerance is caused by an underlying issue in the digestive system. Unlike food allergies, which can cause life-threatening symptoms, food intolerance involves mostly unpleasant digestive disorders. For example, if you have an intolerance to milk it is most likely that your body cannot tolerate lactose in milk. This is due to an enzyme deficiency in the gut, which prevents the breakdown of the lactose. This can result in upset tummy.

Allergies cause a relatively limited range of symptoms.

  • Wheeze or cough
  • Runny, blocked, or itchy nose
  • Itchy, gritty, and watering eyes
  • Itchy, raised skin rash (wheals, hives or urticaria)
  • Swelling of skin, mouth, tongue, or throat

If you have experienced swelling of the mouth, tongue, or throat after eating certain foods, even if the symptoms were mild, you should contact a doctor a soon as possible and avoid the food or liquids which you believe may have caused these symptoms.

Some food allergies can also cause abdominal pain or cramps, vomiting or diarrhoea, but they usually cause one of the other symptoms above at the same time.

There is currently no cure for allergies, however the best form of prevention is awareness.  Our tests are highly accurate and can inform you of the particular allergens you are susceptible to.  Once you are aware of the offending allergen avoidance is made easier and hopefully the allergy will stop dictating what you can do and when.

An allergy blood test measures a substance called immunoglobulin E (IgE) in your blood. IgE is an antibody that your body makes and if you have allergies, you may have more IgE in your blood than normal.

 

Your immune system makes antibodies to fight off viruses, bacteria, and other things that can make you sick. With allergies, your immune system treats one or more harmless substances, such as pollen or peanuts, as a threat. To fight the “threat,” your immune system makes IgE antibodies. This is what causes your allergy symptoms.

Allergy blood tests can accurately detect if you have an allergy and are two general types of allergy blood tests:

  • A Total IgE Test is used to measure the total amount of IgE antibodies in your blood.
  • A Specific IgE Test measures how much IgE your body makes in response to a single allergen. A separate test is done for each allergen that may be causing your allergies. This avoids exposing you to an allergen and then seeing if you react to this or not, therefore it is much more comfortable for the patient with more accurate results.

You can develop allergies later in life, and there is definitely value in getting tested to see if your symptoms are due to allergies.

Allergy development typically has two phases. During the first phase, called sensitization, you come in contact with a harmless substance, and your body mistakenly starts making allergic antibodies, called IgE antibodies, to fight that substance. Those antibodies don’t do anything until you are exposed to the substance, or allergen, again. At that time, the second phase starts. The allergen binds to the IgE antibodies. That sets off a cascade of immune reactions in your body, such as itchy or watery eyes, nasal congestion, and sneezing, among others.

It’s not always clear why some people develop allergies later in life when they didn’t have them before. A common reason for developing new seasonal allergies is moving from one area to another or moving house. If your allergies started after a change in lifestyle or circumstances, you may want to share this with your practitioner if you go for an allergy test.

If, as in your situation, allergy symptoms develop but you aren’t sure what you might be allergic to, or even if your symptoms are related to an allergy, it is worthwhile getting tested.

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Our focus is on patient care and safety which is paramount. We have invested in a brand-new facility, state of the art equipment and in recruiting qualified and highly trained specialist staff.

We have extended consultation times which allows us to listen to our patients so we can understand what their concerns and circumstances are and offer the most effective and comprehensive treatment plan.

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We recognise that the delivery of health services needs to adapt to the ever-changing lifestyles and pressure we all face. In order to allow our patients to optimise their time we offer multiple access methods, be that the traditional face to face consultation, telemedicine, video consultations or home visits.

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Like most other things in life, costs for healthcare seem to be continually increasing. In a time where accessing GP services is becoming ever more difficult many people are looking for cost effective private healthcare.

Our consultations start from £95 which we believe is both affordable and competitive.

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