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Allergies can be a cause of great discomfort and annoyance to many people. Here at Eastlink Family Medical, we believe that allergy testing and subsequent treatments should be affordable and easily accessible for everyone.

Our kind and caring doctors at Eastlink Family Medical can help you to identify the cause of your allergies with our affordable allergy testing, relieve the symptoms and manage future flareups. We have no long wait times for appointments for our allergy testing, we do not require a referral and you will have access to immediate results.

What is Skin Prick Testing?

Skin Prick Testing (SPT) is a common, widely practiced test to assess for immediate allergic reactions such as:

  • Skin rashes – such as eczema (atopic dermatitis) or hives (urticaria)
  • Swelling (angioedema)
  • Sneezing and runny nose – or allergic rhinitis (hay fever)
  • Teary, red itchy eyes – or allergic conjunctivitis
  • Wheeze or cough


If there are any other aspects of your allergies you would like to discuss with a doctor, or if you would like to have a discussion before proceeding with Skin Prick Testing, please book a general consultation with a doctor during the week prior to proceeding with the Skin Prick Testing.

SPT helps to reduce your symptoms and medication needs by identifying the causes of your allergic symptoms such as cat, house dust mite, a species of grass pollen, or a specific food.

This type of allergy testing is easily tolerated and provides minimal discomfort, though you may feel a bit prickly!

Is it safe?

Skin prick testing is a safe procedure with minimal discomfort. SPT carries very low risk of serious side effects and provides high quality information to your doctor.

In testing, small amounts of allergen are introduced into the superficial skin layer and interact with your immune cells.

If you are positive to the allergen, it will lead to wheal-and-flare reaction peaking after approximately 15 minutes, which usually resolves within 2 - 48 hours.

Why Skin Prick Testing?

Skin Prick Testing is the most common and accurate allergy test available.

SPT helps to reduce your symptoms and medication needs by identifying the causes of your allergic symptoms such as cat, house dust mite, a species of grass pollen, or a specific food.

What happens in my appointment?

Initially, you’ll have a conversation with your doctor about what allergies you think you might have and what you think might be triggering them. After deciding together what allergens you would like to test for (we have over 60 different allergens!) the doctor will prick your skin with the allergens, and after only 15 minutes, the results will be available. The doctor will go through these results with you and explain what they mean.

The whole appointment takes approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour.

What happens after my appointment?

Once you’ve completed your allergy test, your doctor will go through the results with you and give you a copy to take home. They will also advise you what treatment options are available. Learn more about these options by reading on below.


What is allergen immunotherapy?

Allergen immunotherapy changes the way the immune system reacts to allergens. Immunotherapy involves the regular administration of gradually increasing doses of allergen extracts, usually over a period of years. This results in a tolerance to allergens, with fewer or no symptoms. Three years of immunotherapy can result in five to ten years of benefits. Symptoms may return after this time. 

What conditions can allergen immunotherapy help?

Aeroallergen immunotherapy is often recommended for treatment of allergic rhinitis (hay fever), due to pollen or dust mite allergy (and sometimes asthma) when symptoms are severe. It is also recommended when the cause is difficult to avoid, such as grass pollen.

Immunotherapy is also recommended when medications don't help or cause adverse side effects, or when people prefer to avoid medications.

What should I expect?

This differs depending on what allergens the immunotherapy is treating.

  • Immunotherapy for insect allergies is given by regular injections for five years in most cases, sometimes longer.
  • Immunotherapy for aeroallergens can be given by regular injection (subcutaneous), or by daily oral doses (sublingual). It generally takes at least four to six months to improve symptoms. If an improvement in symptoms is seen, recommended treatment duration is three to five years, to reduce the risk of symptoms returning.

Immunotherapy is not like homeopathy. Homeopathy claims to cure a variety of medical conditions using extremely weak extracts, a claim for which there is no scientific evidence. By contrast, Immunotherapy only works if high doses are used.

You may still use allergy medications to help manage symptoms while undergoing immunotherapy.

How often are allergen immunotherapy injections given?

Immunotherapy injections start with a very low dose. A small needle is used which may be uncomfortable, but not very painful. The dose is gradually increased on a regular (usually weekly) basis, until an effective maintenance dose is reached.

Once the maintenance dose is reached, injections are usually administered monthly in a medical facility under supervision. Patients should stay at the medical facility for 30-45 minutes after an immunotherapy injection has been given.

For some patients who are not tolerating the immunotherapy injections, oral doses of immunotherapy may be an option.

Are there any potential reactions to allergen immunotherapy injections?

Localised swelling at the site of the injection can be treated with non-sedating oral antihistamines or ice packs. If it becomes painful, paracetamol cam be used.

More serious reactions (such as anaphylaxis) are uncommon. However, predicting who might have serious reactions is difficult. Patients are normally advised to:

  • Remain in their doctor's surgery for at least 30 minutes after injection.
  • Avoid exercising for at least three hours afterwards.
  • Avoid some heart and blood pressure medications (e.g. beta blockers such as metoprolol or propranolol). It is important to talk to your doctor if starting any new medications while on AIT.
  • Taking a non-sedating oral antihistamine before the injection may reduce the risk of side effects and may be recommended by your doctor.

It is important to inform your doctor about any reactions you may have experienced after your last injection and any new medications you are taking (such as eye drops, new heart/blood pressure tablets), or if you become pregnant. 

Is there anything you can do to reduce the side effects from allergen immunotherapy?

Some simple precautions may reduce the risk of experiencing side-effects when undergoing immunotherapy:

  • Asthma should be stable before treatment starts.
  • You must tell your doctor if you develop itchy eyes, itchy nose, itchy throat or chest, increased wheezing or if you feel light-headed or faint. You should never put up with these symptoms.
  • Double check with your doctor if you are taking any heart or blood pressure medicines or glaucoma eye drops, as some can increase the risk of side effects.
  • If you are on immunotherapy and plan to start a new heart or blood pressure medicine or glaucoma eye drop, tell your GP.
  • If you have ongoing side effects, let your doctor know about it as soon as possible. A few minor changes to treatment may allow you to tolerate it better.
  • If you are sick or have a fever, it may be better to delay a dose. Discuss this with your doctor.

Book Your Appointment

To book a Skin Check Appointment, please call 03 9088 8822. You are unable to book this appointment via our Online Booking System.

Phone. 03 9088 8822


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