Spire Hull and East Riding Hospital now offer patch testing with consultant dermatologists Dr James Britton and Dr Javed Mohungoo
To book your appointment call 01482 672 412
Allergic contact dermatitis is responsible for approximately half of all contact dermatitis cases. Patients who have persistent, unresolved contact dermatitis can suffer for years with a poor quality of life and increased medical treatment costs. However, the condition can be well treated after an accurate diagnosis has been obtained.
Patch testing is the first step in detecting allergic contact dermatitis.
Contact dermatitis is the medical term for a skin inflammation that has been caused from contact with substances. It affects millions of people and is the most common skin condition requiring medical attention.
There are many natural and synthetic substances that can cause contact dermatitis. The following are some of the most prevalent but the list is not exhaustive:
- soaps, perfumes, aftershaves
- household and industrial chemicals
To try and ascertain which substance you are allergic to, a ready-to-use patch test system made up of two pieces of surgical tape (panels) containing over 20 allergens are applied to the back for 48-72 hours. These panels contain the most common substances that casue contact dermatitis. The concentration of each allergen is high enough to cause a local reaction without the risk of inducing severe or systemic reactions.
The test will be read by the consultant who will be looking for redness, rash with swelling and tiny blisters. If you are allergic, the consultant will provide you with information on where you are likely to come in contact with the offending substance(s) and can tell you how best to avoid it.