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Patch testing is used to determine what is causing the irritation or inflammation to the skin.
If you are suffering with eczema or dermatitis your dermatologist may suggest you undergo patch testing.
Patch testing is used to determine if specific a substance is responsible for causing the irritation or inflammation to the skin.
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You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
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Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.
There are approximately 40 standard substances which are frequently in contact with the skin, perfumes, plants, pollens, rubber and preservatives are just a few examples. Your consultant will discuss with you prior to the patch test which substances you will be tested for.
Your skin will be prepped and marked to identify the test area. The patches are left in place for 48 hours. To ensure that the testing strips stay in place during the time period, it is important not to get the area wet or play high energy sporting activities. Undergoing patch testing shouldn’t prevent you from going to work.
At the end of the 48 hours the tests are removed and the skin will be examined to see identify if a reaction has occurred due to any particular substance. Additional test may be required to help confirm if the result is not conclusive.
Should any allergies be identified your consultant can then advise you on the next course of action.
Aftercare advice may vary dependent upon the results of the patch testing. Your consultant or nurse will discuss this with you and provide advice accordingly.
We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.
A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.
If available, you can trust Spire Healthcare to provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises1. Interest free finance may be available through our carefully chosen partner, Zebra Health Finance Ltd2.
We're here to help you with making these important choices, so you're then free to concentrate on your treatment and on getting back to being you.
1 Please read our patient terms and conditions for full details of what's included and excluded in your fixed price.
2 Interest free finance (0% represented APR available) through Zebra Health Finance Ltd.
The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.