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Allergy Testing...

What is an Allergy?


An allergy occurs when the body’s immune system over-reacts to normally harmless substances (called allergens). These substances may be in the air or what you touch or eat. Allergies are a contributing factor to conditions such as hay fever, asthma and eczema. 


Symptoms vary and can cause sneezing, a runny nose, watery, itchy eyes, irritated and itchy throat, stuffy blocked nose, pain in abdomen, bloating, and a skin rash.


Eczema & dermatitis can occur causing itchy, red rashes.


Allergies to some foods can cause urticaria (itchy blisters and red patches on the skin). 


Allergy Testing...

We perform the skin prick test, suitable for approx 7yrs old and above, where a needle is pricked into the skin through a drop of the suspected allergen, usually on the forearm. The size of the wheal and surrounding redness on the skin indicates how strongly you are allergic to a particular allergen. We usually test for approx 32 substances at one time .

Certain allegens can also be tested using specific blood tests and we can advise and perform these if necessary.



  • Soy Flour                               

  • Corn Grass                             

  • Tomato                                   

  • Cow Milk                               

  • Cocoa                                     

  • Whole Eggs                            

  • Chicken                                  

  • Potato                                     

  • Banana                                           

  • Strawberry                             

  • Orange                       


  • Latex                                    

  • Fungi Mix                              

  • Peanut                                   

  • Almond                                  

  • Cod                                        

  • Prawn

  • Oat                                 

  • Wheat                             

  • Barley                       

  • Wheat Flour  

  • Rapeseed 

Allergens Tested:     

  • Tree Mixture                          

  • Timothy Grass                        

  • Birch                                      

  • Horse Hair                              

  • Cat Hair                                 

  • Dog Hair                                

  • Feathers                                  

  • Grass Mix                               

  • Dust Mite                               

  • Aspergillus Fumigatus                             

 Patient Information 

This test takes about 45 mins to do.  


The patient must refrain from using any antihistamines or steroids for 5 days prior to testing(Sinus tablets, Hay fever medication,or oral treatments for itchy skin, and no moisturisers or body products(tan etc)  are to be applied to the area tested (arms) for at least 24-48 hours.

Results are immediately visible. 


Please note, Dermatology and Allergy Testing Services are not covered under the Medical Card contract (Medical Cards or GP Visit Cards ),so fees will apply for consultations, procedures and testing. 


"Excellent allergy test for my little girl.

Dr Ranga never left us through the whole 50 min process. Extremely impressed."   Tanya, Cork. Mar'14


Carrigtwohill Dermatology Clinic, Unit 1F Eastlink Business Park, Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork.  T45 H213

Phone: 021 4853831      Fax: 0214883054     Out of Hours Emergency GP Care: SouthDoc 0818 355 999

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