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The Simple Way to Know if You’re Allergic to Anything

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You might be surprised to learn that it’s common for allergies to change or develop as you get older. Something you used to be allergic to in childhood may eventually stop causing symptoms during adulthood. You may also just as easily develop an allergy to something that never used to give you any problems.

If you are unsure if your previously diagnosed allergy is still present or if you’re worried you have a new allergy, Touchwood Pharmacy can help. Our allergy clinics can not only help you diagnose allergies, but we can provide comprehensive advice on managing them.

Food Allergies

It’s not fully understood why some people develop allergies, but what is known is that allergy diagnoses are on the rise. This is especially true for food allergies.

A food allergy can range from being a mild annoyance to a life threatening situation. The most common food allergens are peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, soy, eggs, and wheat. Peanuts account for a large percentage of food allergies among children in the UK. Only around 1 out of 4 children will outgrow this allergy.

Symptoms of a food allergy include:

  • Facial swelling
  • Itchy or swollen eyes
  • A rash or hives
  • Nasal congestion
  • Cramps and stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Clammy skin

Serious allergic reactions, known as anaphylactic shock, can potentially be fatal if they aren’t treated right away.

Food Allergy Testing Near Me

You don’t always have to visit a food allergy testing doctor to get tested. Your local Touchwood Pharmacy Allergy Clinic is able to carry out a wide range of food allergy testing. The type of food allergy testing or food allergy testing kit you will need depends on the suspected allergen.

No matter which tests you undergo, they will be carried out by our highly skilled and compassionate professionals. Our tests are fast, reliable, and trustworthy.

Allergy Test Types:

  • Skin prick test
  • Patch test
  • Blood test
  • Elimination diet
  • Challenge testing

We know that medical tests can make some people nervous, but our caring staff will ensure you feel comfortable and safe during your appointment. If you have any concerns prior to or during your appointment, please let us know so we can make any necessary accommodations.

For food allergy testing or to find out about food allergy testing costs near you, contact Touchwood Pharmacy or visit our website to book an appointment online.