The 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

IMPORTANT NOTE

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