Allergy Testing Service – Get Allergy Smart

Allergy Testing Service – Get Allergy Smart

Allergies are more than just an annoyance for many individuals in the UK and whilst some IgE mediated allergies may be trivial or easily avoided, many are not! Find out what you are allergic to at your local Peak Pharmacy.

Peak Pharmacy has partnered with a leading allergy specialist Klarify.me to help you understand your allergies. Testing for 294 common allergens the service will help you gain a greater understanding of your health.

If you want to see the whole list (294 allergens to be precise) keep reading as they are listed near the bottom of this article and you’ll be amazed at what you can test for with just a few drops of blood.

The allergy testing kit focuses on 3 main groups of common allergens these are Pet and Pollen, Food Allergens, and Insect and Spore Allergens but first we must address what an IgE mediated allergy is.


How much does it cost:

Price: £149


The Service

Our allergy testing service, in partnership with Klarify will give you the opportunity to speak with our trained pharmacists. At the scheduled appointment the pharmacist will help take the blood sample required for the state of the art testing. The results are usually returned with a week or so and you will be issued by the laboratory a list of your positive allergies. Our pharmacists will then take the time to discuss the outcome with you so you are fully informed and have the opportunity to ask questions.

Should an allergy be diagnosed our skilled team will also be in a position to assist you with prescription treatments that may help manage some of your allergies. Treatments include prescription strength antihistamines, specialist immunomodulating drugs to treat grass pollen allergies and steroid creams to name just a few.

Please note that the provision of medicines to manage a diagnosed allergy is an additional private service and additional charges will apply. Our team will discuss all of this with you if they feel you may benefit from an appropriate medicine to manage your newly diagnosed allergy.

What is an allergy?

An allergy is a hypersensitivity reaction where the majority of cases are caused by a type of antibody (immunoglobulin) known as IgE, and to become allergic you must go through the sensitisation process.

Sensitisation

The sensitisation process occurs when you first meet the allergen. It is likely in these early encounters that you do not develop allergy-like symptoms. This is because your body has yet to produce specific IgE antibodies against it. However, with repeated exposure, you may start to develop allergy type symptoms and this is due to the presence of IgE.

Intolerance

An allergy differs from intolerance because an intolerance is not caused by Ig-E antibodies. An example is food intolerance where difficulty digesting food causes symptoms like bloating and stomach discomfort. This particular reaction is not caused by IgE.

non-IgE allergies

There are other allergies that we call non-IgE mediated allergies which are triggered by other parts of the immune system. Typically these types of allergies do cause immediate reactions, and usually cause similar reactions to the intolerances described above. Typical symptoms include vomiting, bloating and diarrhoea.

IgE allergies

The Klarify.me allergy kit tests for IgE mediated reactions and not intolerances or non-IgE reactions.

IgE allergies are a true allergy and the onset of symptoms is usually rapid. Initially, the IgE bound mast cells recognise the allergen releasing chemicals like Histamine which cause the acute rapid onset of symptoms. However, late-stage reactions can also occur hours after the initial exposure and these chemicals such as leukotrienes, cytokines and prostaglandins can lead to chronic persistent allergy symptoms.

The Complete Allergen List

Grass Pollen

Bahia Grass
Bermuda Grass
Common Reed
Timothy Grass
Perennial Ryegrass
Rye

Tree Pollen

Acacia
Arizona Cypress
Cypress
Alder
Ash
Cottonwood
Beech Pollen
Date Palm
Elm
Hazel
Mountain Cedar
Mulberry Tree
London Plane Tree
Olive
Silver Birch
Sugi Pollen
Walnut
Weeping Fig
Paper Mulberry
Tree of Heaven

Weed Pollen

Pigweed
Ragweed
Mugwort
Lamb’s Quarter
Cannabis (CBD)
Hemp
Annual Mercury Pollen
Wall Pellitory
Ribwort
Russian Thistle
Nettle

Pets

Cat
Dog
Horse
Sheep
Cattle
Pigweed
Goat
Mouse
Pig
Djungarian Hamster
Pigweed
Guinea Pig

Legumes and Nuts

Peanut
Chickpea
Soy
Lentil
White Bean
Pea
Cashew
Brazil Nut
Pecan
Hazel Nut
Walnut
Macadamia
Pistachio
Almond

Sea Food

Anisakis Simplex
Crab
Atlantic Herring
Brown Shrimp
Carp
Atlantic Cod
Lobster
Thornback Ray
Shrimp Mix
Squid
Common Mussel
Oyster
Northern Prawn
Scallop
Black Tiger Shrimp
Venus Clam
Salmon
Atlantic Mackerel
Tuna
Swordfish

Fruits

Kiwi
Papaya
Orange
Melon
Fig
Strawberry
Apple
Mango
Banana
Cherry
Peach
Pear
Blueberry
Grape

Cereals and Seed

Oat
Quinoa
Buckwheat
Barley
Lupine Seed
Rice
Millet
Cultivated Rye
Wheat Flour
Spelt
Corn Cereal
Corn Flour
Pumpkin Seed
Sunflower Seed
Poppy Seed
Sesame Seed
Fenugreek Seed

Vegeatables

Onion
Garlic
Celery
Carrot
Avocado
Potato
Tomato

Egg

Egg White
Egg Yolk

Milk

Camel’s Milk
Cow’s Milk
Goat’s Milk
Mare’s Milk
Sheep’s Milk

Meat

Cricket
Beef
Horse
Chicken
Locust
Turkey
Rabbit
Lamb
Pork
Mealworm

Spices

Anise
Caraway
Mustard
Oregano
Paprika
Parsley

Mites

American House Dust Mite
European House Dust Mite
Acarus Siro
Blomia Tropicalis
Glycyphagus Domesticus
Tyrophagus Putrescentiae
Lepidoglyphus Destructor

Moulds and Yeasts

Alternaria Alternata
Aspergillus Fumigatus
Cladosporium Herbarum
Penicilium Chrysogenum
Malassezia Sympodialis
Baker’s Yeast

Hymenoptera Venoms

Fire Ant
Long-headed Wasp Venom
Paper Wasp Venom
Common Wasp Venom
Honey Bee Venom

Other

Latex
American Cockroach
German Cockroach
Pigeon Tick

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