Your First Visit
In many cases, allergies are diagnosed in one visit and you will leave with a treatment and management plan.
Your first visit to Allergy Medical will typically take 1-1.5 hours. This will involve a detailed consultation with one of our doctors, followed by testing procedures with one of our nurses. The doctor will then diagnose any allergies and prepare your treatment and management plan.
We use a range of testing, screening and diagnostic techniques. Depending on your symptoms, these may include:
- skin prick tests
- blood tests
- patch tests
- elimination diets
- food challenges
Once diagnosed, a treatment and management plan will be developed. This may involve:
- managing/avoiding the identified allergic triggers
- medications and therapies—the safest, most effective treatments for your particular symptoms
- immunotherapy or desensitisation—building your tolerance of an allergen.
In many cases, allergies are diagnosed in one visit and you will leave with a treatment and management plan. In some cases, we may need to see you again—for review or further testing, assessment, treatment and management. Follow-up appointments and retesting may also be recommended after a year or more. In more severe cases, or those not related to allergy, we may provide a referral to the specialist best suited to your condition.
- For skin prick testing you will need to stop using oral antihistamine medications at least three days prior.
- For patch testing you will need to stop using corticosteroids and avoid direct sun exposure several weeks prior.
- We request that you refrain from bringing any food or drink into the clinic as we are treating patients with severe allergies. You could bring along water if you like.
We will provide you with detailed information when scheduling your appointment.
If you have any questions or concerns, just ask us.
A word about non-medical testing procedures
Non-medical methods of testing for allergy—such as Vega, ALCAT, kinesiology, iridology and pulse testing—are not recognised as accurate or reliable. The procedures are not proven, and the results are neither consistent nor reproducible.
These techniques often result in false diagnosis, and treatment with remedies that are neither required nor proven effective. These tests and treatments are often also very expensive.
In June 2011, the Federal Court imposed penalties totalling $185 000 against two companies and two individuals for making false claims and misleading consumers about their allergy testing and treatment procedures. You can read the ACCC’s media release here.