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Allergy Solution – Comprehensive Allergy Test

  • NEW Gold standard in allergy testing
  • Lowest cost per allergen test on the market
  • 295 allergens in a single test– ALEX2 Allergy Xplorer panel
  • Most comprehensive IgE allergy test currently available
  • Clinically and scientifically validated
  • Allergist and GP supported
  • Highly accurate in assisting with allergy diagnosis
  • SAME day results available*
  • Simple finger prick test
  • FREE POSTAGE

*If samples arrive back at our lab before 10am we aim to provide results THE SAME DAY!

£295.00

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Allergy testing at home

Allergy Solution provides improved management of allergies by offering a specific, comprehensive and cost-effective panel using the latest technology available in an all-in-one test. By looking at 295 allergens all at once the test can also identify possible allergic cross-reactions and a risk assessment of food allergies predicting the degree of severity. Easy sample collection for adults and children of all ages, using a finger-prick device to collect a small amount of blood, posted back to the laboratory. Results are easy to understand and follow, enabling you to make informed and appropriate decisions on lifestyle, pet selection and diet. Allergen-specific immunotherapy may be available in pollen, mite and venom allergies.

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Simple to sample, no appointment needed

A true allergy can only be detected from testing your blood. The antibody IgE is only found in the serum of our blood, not saliva or hair. The home sampling kit includes everything you need to obtain the small amount of blood required from the comfort of your own relaxed environment.

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1. Order your kit

Order online and we will send you a home finger prick blood sampling kit containing everything you need. Kits are sent Royal Mail 1st class post.

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2. Take your blood sample

Follow the instructions included in the sampling kit then send the sample back to our laboratory using the pre-paid Tracked 24 service.

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3. Tested for IgE levels

117 allergen extracts and 178 molecular allergens, 50+ of which are unique to our test, the largest panel of molecular allergens on the IgE allergy testing market.

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4. Allergy Report

Your full report will be emailed to you within 2 working days. Your report can then be reviewed with your GP or Allergist.

Why invest in the Allergy Solution test?
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What are the benefits of this allergy test over other allergy tests available?

Most current allergy tests look at a single allergen, which can mean several tests need to be performed to derive a clear allergy diagnosis. Many of them do not identify the molecular components that make up the allergen. A component that is causing the allergy symptoms may also be found in another allergen which was not tested for. For example, your allergy test for apples may be positive but the specific component in the apple that you are allergic too could also be in other foods e.g. peaches.

This test can detect these molecular components and help you get your allergy symptoms under control. The test covers 117 traditional allergens and 178 specific molecular allergen components in ONE test, alleviating the need for a multitude of additional allergy tests.

Allergens included are grass, tree and weed pollens, house dust and storage mites, yeasts and moulds, legumes, cereals, spices, fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, milk, egg, seafoods, meats, venoms (honeybee and wasps), fire ant poison, cockroaches, animals (pets and farm), inhalants, latex and more.

The detection of unique molecular allergens measures IgE levels to specific components of the traditional allergens, as well as total IgE, uncovering additional about an underlying allergy and cross reactive allergies. All this information makes it easier for your healthcare professional to provide personalised management and treatment of your allergies, avoid overly restrictive food diets, and improve your quality of life.

British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology Conference - November 2023
The Forensic Genomics Innovation Hub attended the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology Conference held in Harrogate. We presented a poster at the conference demonstrating the capability of the new molecular ALEX 2 allergy test offered by our laboratory, when compared with the previous forerunner in allergy testing, the ISAC test. The test continues to gain further endorsement from Allergy Specialists and Clinical Immunologists.

Unlike other allergy tests our test does not require you to stop taking your daily symptom relief medication. You can continue to take anti-histamines even when taking your sample.

What's included in your allergy test kit?

Your kit will include easy to follow instructions for use plus the following items:

A) Two safety lancets
B) One blood collection tube
C) One transport mailer
D) Two alcohol swabs
E) Two plasters
F) Postal return box

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Watch how our test works
Get to know your allergies with an-all-in-one approach
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Comprehensive

295 allergens in a single test is the quickest way to identify or rule out an IgE-mediated allergy, virtually excluding the need for further tests.

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Specific

Combining both traditional extract allergen testing with molecular allergen testing can predict the severity of your reaction and identify IgE cross-reactions.

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Accurate

Using the latest technology the risk of a falsely elevated total IgE level sometimes associated with other tests are minimised.

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Meet the allergists

Dr Helen Evans-Howells qualified with honours from Southampton University in 2005 and then trained as a GP, completing this in 2015. Helen became interested in allergy due to her own experiences of managing a child with milk and nut allergies. She undertook the Masters in Allergy at Southampton University and qualified with distinction in 2018. After working with the allergy team in Southampton Hospital for 4.5years, Helen now runs a private allergy clinic – Dr Helen Allergy, which provides virtual and face to face allergy consultations.

 

Dr Helen lectures extensively across the UK and chairs many meetings on milk allergy. Helen was the previous chair for the primary care group of British Society of Allergy and is now a trustee for the Anaphylaxis UK Charity. Read more about Helen.

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Meet the allergists

The Revd. Dr Mich Erlewyn-Lajeunesse. Mich is a consultant in Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at Southampton Children’s Hospital, a World Allergy Organization National Centre of Excellence. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton, contributes to postgraduate teaching nationally and is involved in clinical research on food allergy and immunotherapy including the NATASHA study, He is the foundation chairperson for the BSACI Registry for Immunotherapy (BRIT). Mich is a self-supporting minister in the Church of England. He was ordained in 2021 and is serving his curacy in the Winchester Diocese. Read more about Mich.

Want to learn more?

To understand more about this allergy test, allergies in general and see a sample report see below.

How do I go about doing the test?
Order and pay for a test kit online. A kit will be shipped to you via Royal Mail. When you receive the kit follow the instructions carefully and post the sample back to the laboratory in the prepaid box.

How much does it cost?
The test costs £295.00

How long does the test take/when will I get my results?
The test will take 2 working days from receipt at the laboratory. Results will be emailed to the email address provided when you order.

What are the most common allergy symptoms?

  • Runny nose or sneezing
  • Pain or tenderness on the areas of the face around your cheeks, eyes and forehead
  • Swollen mouth, lips, throat or eyes
  • Coughing, wheezing or breathlessness
  • Itchy skin or a skin rash where the surface of the skin is raised
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms: diarrhoea, nausea or vomiting

How does the test work?
The Allergy Solution test is done on the blood sample that you send us. The antibody IgE is only found in the serum of your blood. The test is designed to measure the total amount of IgE in your serum as well specific IgE levels against a wide range of allergens and molecular allergens. This means that by testing nearly 300 allergens, there is a 99.99% accuracy in identifying your allergy.

What sample do I need to give?
A blood sample from a finger-prick.

Can I submit a hair sample?
No. There is no IgE in hair, so an allergy test from a hair sample will not reflect a true allergy.

Do I need to stop taking my antihistamines?
No, you can continue all your normal medications as they will not affect the test.

Does my GP need to be involved in the test?
No, but we strongly recommend you discuss the results with your GP or Allergist if an allergy is detected.

Is it easy to take my own blood or must I go a clinic/GP?
It should not be necessary as this is just a finger prick test.

Does it matter what time of the day I do the test?
No, it makes no difference what time of day the sample is taken.

How soon after doing the finger prick test must I post the sample?
Ideally, the same day you do the test.

Will I be able to understand the results of the test, or will I need my GP to explain it to me?
The results come with a summary page which will assist you in understanding the detailed report. If an allergy is detected you should work with your GP or allergist to look at how to manage it properly. It is important to note that an IgE response does not necessarily mean allergic disease, it means you are sensitive to that allergen. Whether it is a true allergy is still a clinical diagnosis.

Can I eat and drink before taking my allergy finger-prick test?
Yes, it will not alter the results.

What if I am unable to obtain my own blood sample and need a second sampling kit?
Whilst this is highly unlikely a second sampling kit can certainly be requested from the FGIH at a cost of £25. Contact lab@fgih.co.uk or call 023 8011 8980.

What are the benefits of this allergy test over other allergy tests available?

Most current allergy tests look at a single allergen, which can mean several tests need to be performed to derive a clear allergy diagnosis. Many of them do not identify the molecular components that make up the allergen. A component that is causing the allergy symptoms may also be found in another allergen which was not tested for. For example, your allergy test for apples may be positive but the specific component in the apple that you are allergic too could also be in other foods e.g. peaches. This allergy test can detect these molecular components and help you get your allergy symptoms under control.