Allergy

About

We provide a complete allergy service to diagnose and treat a whole range of allergic diseases, providing expert advice, diagnostic tests and practical help for people affected by allergies, often within a single visit to our allergy clinic.

Our adult allergy service sees over 3300 new outpatients each year and treats more than 400 drug allergy day cases. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHNT) is home to the UK’s oldest allergy clinic and we have built up over 100 years’ experience in allergy vaccines, since providing the world’s first allergen immunotherapy treatment in 1911.

Conditions and treatments

We offer specialist treatments and interventions for a variety of allergic conditions.

Anaphylaxis

  • immediate reactions to food 
  • insect sting and venom allergy
  • immediate reactions to drugs
  • allergic reactions with no clear cause
  • latex allergy

Dermatological conditions

  • Drug allergy urticaria (hives)/angioedema – eliminate allergy as a cause 
  • Allergic rhinitis – seasonal and perennial, consideration of desensitisation to grass/tree pollens for seasonal allergic rhinitis

We offer the following specialist allergy investigations

  • Skin prick testing for immediate hypersensitivity to specific allergens such as inhalants, food, venom, latex, as well as skin prick testing with fresh foods 
  • Blood testing for specific allergies 
  • Lung function testing 
  • Drug allergy skin prick and intradermal testing 
  • Challenge testing for both drugs and food allergies 
  • A specialist dietetic service

The main treatments we can offer in our allergy clinic include

  • Allergen avoidance (direct referral to dietetics for food allergy)
  • Medication advice
  • Anaphylaxis self-management plans and adrenaline autoinjector training
  • Omalizumab for severe atopic asthma
  • Immunotherapy for hayfever (subcutaneous injection or sublingual tablet)
  • Immunotherapy for venom anaphylaxis

Further online resources



Contact

Outpatients appointments
020 3313 5000

Take our friends and family test Learn more

Would you recommend our services to your friends and family? Let us know by completing our friends and family test. Your comments will help us to make changes and take immediate action when there’s a problem.