Adult Allergy Clinic

Tadult-allergy-pagehe clinic specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of adults with allergies and is staffed by a team of doctors, a specialist dietician, nurse and occupational therapist.

Aims of management

Depending on the severity and duration of the condition, treatment may focus on:

  • Diagnosis, including the use of skin prick tests and blood tests
  • Symptom control
  • Improving well-being and energy levels
  • Helping you to manage your condition better

Conditions which may be managed are ‘Classical’ allergic illnesses (also known as ‘atopic’ conditions) such as:

  • Hay fever (caused by grass or tree pollen)
  • Bee or wasp venom allergy
  • House dust mite allergy
  • Asthma
  • Eczema (dermatitis)
  • Urticaria (hives) and angioedema (swelling of the lips or/and eyelids)
  • Food allergies and intolerance

Conditions where a dietary approach may be helpful, include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Migraine headache
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Poor nutrition

Management may involve a number of different approaches, including:

  • Allergy avoidance strategies
  • Dietary changes
  • Medication (such as asthma inhalers, nasal sprays, antihistamines, injectable adrenaline
  • Desensitisation (subcutaneous immunotherapy). A series of injections of low-dose allergy-causing substances aimed at reducing symptoms (such as grass or tree pollen, bee or wasp venom allergy), usually over a three year period.
  • Advice on the use of complementary medicine


This RLHIM service does not offer patch testing for eczema or contact dermatitis (this is available via the UCLH Dermatology service.

Comments are closed.