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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|London Plane Tree|
|Tree of Heaven|
|Annual Mercury Pollen|
Legumes and Nuts
|Black Tiger Shrimp|
Cereals and Seed
|American House Dust Mite|
|European House Dust Mite|
Moulds and Yeasts
|Long-headed Wasp Venom|
|Paper Wasp Venom|
|Common Wasp Venom|
|Honey Bee Venom|