Online allergy testing (self collection at home) in any part of the UK Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland & England.
Sample can be take by a nurse in the London based laboratory.
Home Allergy Testing is done in the accredited London Laboratory.
It takes about 1 minute to complete the symptoms questionnaire. Once you have paid a fee via our secure Worldpay system, your testing kit will be sent out to your home address.
You will get an e-mail with a link to full video instructions on how to collect the sample from a finger prick. (If you are not comfortable with collecting your own sample, please take the kit (or the laboratory form from the kit) to our London laboratory located between 🚇Oxford Circus or Bond Street Tube stations🚇 where one of our nurses will take a sample.
You can take the kit to a healthcare professional locally, where the sample can be taken from a finger prick or a vein and then post the sample in the prepaid envelope to our laboratory for analysis.
For an additional fee (payable in the pharmacy), you can take the kit to SUPERDRUG pharmacy locally (booking is required) where a nurse will take a sample for you.
Taking the test for a child? Please read
For children, blood needs to be collected by a medical professional. (Please take form received on completing the questionnaire to our London laboratory 🚇Oxford Circus or Bond Street Tube stations🚇, or to a healthcare professional locally and post the sample in the prepaid envelope).
- Click here to begin the test
- Read the test instructions(Opens in a new tab)
- Read our allergy test FAQ(Opens in a new tab)
With our ImmunoCAP ISAC IgE Allergy Test, (method formally used was known as RAST) one blood test can screen for sensitisation to as many as 112 components food and aero-allergens (the list is predetermined and can not be changed).
Component allergy test ISAC is not affected by antihistamine treatment or changes in your diet. There is no need to change your diet or stop medication prior to the test.
Please note, although the testing is done in the accredited laboratory with appropriate quality controls in place, like all blood tests, there is a small possibility that the test will provide false positive results or false negative results.
Please do not take any decisions or actions to change your medication or diet based on the results of the test without consulting your GP or allergy consultant first.
Only a healthcare professional can diagnose and treat allergy.
Where Can I Get Tested for Allergies in the UK?
We offer convenient at home allergy testing for patients across the UK in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland; simply complete the online questionnaire, make your payment and a kit will be sent to your home.
This programme allows you to get the same comprehensive allergy testing wherever you live in the UK, in a remote village in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland or if you live in central London.
After you send the blood sample collected with home based allergy testing kit back our accredited London’s Laboratory, our London-based specialist allergy consultants go thorough your test results and will provide them to you and your GP (if you opted for this in the questionnaire) .
If you wish, you can always book a face to face or video appointment with our specialists in London discuss your results and receive treatment.
Where Do I Start When Testing For Allergies?
If you are in London and want to be seen by an allergy consultant, or if you want your child or baby to be seen by our allergy consultant, please book an appointment on-line or call 020 314 33442.
If you live in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland or live in England but far away from London, or for any reason cannot attend a face-to face appointment at our Harley Street clinic, please start by filling in our ISAC allergy form, make secure online payment for your test, you will receive all needed instructions by e-mail.
You will then receive a sample collection pack from the lab (as shown in the video) or, if you are unable to take a sample yourself of the test is for a child attend our lab with the kit for collection in London 🚇Oxford Circus or Bond Street Tube stations🚇, you can attend the lab with the printed request form for sample collection (the request form will be sent after your payment).
Finger prick (self-) collection is not suitable for small children and babies. In these cases, the sample needs to be taken by a trained healthcare professional (our lab can provide the necessary materials on request if you are located at a distance from London), or in London you can attend the lab 🚇Oxford Circus or Bond Street Tube stations🚇 with our form where the sample will be collected Monday to Friday, 7am-7pm and Saturday 7am-1pm.
Your personal allergy test result will be ready up to 2 weeks after you send the sample back to the laboratory.
If you have any further questions or would like a consultation, treatment, or if any problems are identified throughout the testing process, please book you an appointment with one of our allergy specialists in London.
How Do I collect a Sample at Home with Home Allergy Test Kit?
If you need testing for allergies and you live anywhere in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, you can collect your blood sample from a finger prick and send it to our London based accredited laboratory.
The following the instruction video, that illustrates how to collect a sample from a finger prick for blood allergy test:
Can The Test Identify Food Allergies?
At the London Allergy and Immunology Centre on Harley Street, we offer food allergy testing, one of the most common concerns for those suffering from symptoms of allergy or intolerance.
We also offer the opportunity for you to take a home allergy test (sample collection at home) wherever you live in the UK.
Please complete the form here and pay for the test, results will be ready in approximately two weeks, will be sent to you, if needed you can continue with treatment to our Allergy Centre in London.
If you would like to request a consultation, please use the electronic appointment system.
Many people in the UK suffer from symptoms related to food allergy or intolerance. Some of the most common questions that our patients ask us after they’ve had a severe reaction and suspect that food was the cause are:
- Was it an allergic reaction to food?
- Which particular food was it?
- Is it going to happen again?
- What food do I need to avoid?
We can give dietary advice after doing one or more of the following tests:
- The ImmunoCap ISAC blood test
- Skin prick test with commercially available food extracts
- Prick-to-prick test with fresh or cooked food
- Challenge test with food in a safe hospital environment
- Blood test Specific IgE to food (note not IgG)
Once the cause of your allergy has been identified, we will advise you on dietary requirements and further treatment, if required.
Do I Have A Food Allergy or Food Intolerance?
When a patient experiences mild or delayed symptoms it can be difficult to identify the cause. In many cases an allergy is the cause and the tests outlined above can confirm this. The primary goal is to exclude the possibility of a life-threatening allergic reaction and help you manage your allergies going forward.
If your results from a food allergy test are negative, our doctors will work closely with you, using dietary methods (food and symptom diaries followed by complex bio-chemical tests) to see whether you have a condition known as ‘intolerance’.
Food intolerance is usually caused by an absence or low levels of enzymes that break down specific sugars in food.
An allergy is not the same as an intolerance and it is important to seek advice from a healthcare professional to determine exactly what your symptoms are caused by.
- We will take all your symptoms seriously, diagnose using a clinically-proven testing method and, where possible, treat the cause
- We will try our best to get to the bottom of your symptoms
- We will explain everything to you, with no hidden charges
- We use only traditional, clinically-proven medical and scientific approaches (with no ‘magic’ supplements)
Intolerance can be diagnosed by the exclusion of foods one by one, with further reintroduction in a blinded manner, confirming the absence or return of the symptoms.
Do not be fooled by the widely available online, cheap IgG tests for food intolerance. There is no need to change your diet if IgG antibodies to food are detected.
The presence of IgG antibodies does NOT indicate an allergy or intolerance to a specific food. IgG antibodies to food are formed in all healthy people as a part of the digestion process. There is no specific screening test for intolerance at present. If you would like to do an at home allergy test, we offer that service.
Have an allergy test using unique finger prick sample collection technology from the comfort of your own home in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland & England
Allergy Testing Components (a detailed view)
Allergen Components have a wide variety of uses – from the diagnosis and management of allergic patients to the selection of patients suitable for Specific Immunotherapy.
Use of Component Resolved Diagnostics (CRD) has fast become an interesting and probably essential part of allergy diagnostics.
Allergens, such as a species of pollen, a mite or a food are composed of a number of allergenic molecules that may cause sensitisation.
A much more precise and detailed picture of the patient’s sensitisation pattern can be obtained by measuring IgE to the components.
This gives more information for the management of an allergen-sensitised individual indicating whether, for example, symptoms are likely to be severe and ultimately leads to better patient care.
All tests are charged individually .
Allergen components – additional tests available in the London Allergy and Immunology Centre (LAIC)
The term Allergen component is used for products based on molecular allergens purified from either their natural source (native) or biotechnologically produced as recombinant proteins.
By using tests for single allergenic components as a complement to more traditional IgE antibody tests, further clinically relevant information can be gained.
ImmunoCAP Allergen components are useful tools when investigating and explaining allergic reactions more in detail and to determine if they are caused by cross-reacting IgE antibodies to different allergens.
ImmunoCAP® Allergen Components – Allergen components:
ENZYMES OCCUPATIONAL COMPONENTS
- Alkalase Bacillus spp. k205
- nAna c 2 Bromelain, Pineapple Ananas comosus k202
- nAsp o 21 alpha-amylase Aspergillus oryzae k87
- nCar p 1 Papain, Papaya Carica papaya k201
- nGal d 4 Lysozyme, Egg Gallus spp. k208
- Maxatase Bacillus licheniformis k204
- Savinase Bacillus spp. k206
- nSus s Pepsin, Swine Sus scrofa k213
- rAct d 8 PR-10, Kiwi Actinidia deliciosa f430
- rAna o 3 Cashew nut Anacardium occidentale f443
- rApi g 1.01 PR-10, Celery Apium graveolens f417
- rAra h 1 Peanut Arachis hypogaea f422
- rAra h 2 Peanut Arachis hypogaea f423
- rAra h 3 Peanut Arachis hypogaea f424
- rAra h 8 PR-10, Peanut Arachis hypogaea f352
- rAra h 9 LTP, Peanut Arachis hypogaea f427
- rBer e 1 Brazil nut Bertholletia excelsa f354
- nBos d 4 alpha-lactalbumin, Milk Bos spp. f76
- nBos d 5 beta-lactoglobulin, Milk Bos spp. f77
- nBos d 8 Casein, Milk Bos spp. f78
- nBos d Lactoferrin, Milk Bos spp. f334
- rCor a 1 PR-10, Hazel nut Corylus avellana f428
- rCor a 8 LTP, Hazel nut Corylus avellana f425
- nCor a 9, Hazel nut Corylus avellana f440
- rCor a 14, Hazel nut Corylus avellana f439
- rCyp c 1 Carp Cyprinus carpio f355
- rGad c 1 Cod Gadus morhua f426
- nGal d 1 Ovomucoid, Egg Gallus spp. f233
- nGal d 2 Ovalbumin, Egg Gallus spp. f232
- nGal d 3 Conalbumin, Egg Gallus spp. f323
- rGly m 4 PR-10, Soy Glycine max f353
- nGly m 5 beta-conglycinin, Soy Glycine max f431
- nGly m 6 Glycinin Glycine max f432
- rJug r 1 Walnut Juglans regia f441
- rJug r 3 LTP, Walnut Juglans regia f442
- rMal d 1 PR-10, Apple Malus domestica f434
- rMal d 3 LTP, Apple Malus domestica f435
- rPen a 1 Tropomyosin, Shrimp Penaeus aztecus f351
- rPru p 1 PR-10, Peach Prunus persica f419 10
- rPru p 3 LTP, Peach Prunus persica f420 10
- rPru p 4 Profilin, Peach Prunus persica f421
- rTri a 14 LTP, Wheat Triticum aestivum f433
- rTri a 19 Omega-5 Gliadin, Wheat Triticum spp. f416
- MUXF3 CCD, Bromelain o214
- Alternaria alternata – m6
- rAlt a1 – m229
- Asperillusfumigatus – m3
- rAsp f 1 – m218
- rAsp f 2 – m219
- rAsp f 3 – m220
- rAsp f 4 – m221
- rAsp f 6 – m222
- Betula verrucosa (Silver Birch) – t3
- rBet v 1 (PR-10) – t215
- rBet v 2 (Profilin) t216
- rBet v 4 (Ca binding protein) t220
- rBet v 6 – t225
- Brazil Nut – f18
- rBer e 1 (Storage protein 2S albumin) – f354
- Cat dander – e1
- rFel d 1 (Uteroglobulin) – e94
- nFel d 2 (Serum Albumin) – e220
- Celery – f85
- rApi g 1.01 (PR-10) f417
COW’S MILK COMPONENTS
- Cow’s milk allergen – f2
- nBos d 4 (a-lactalbumin) – f76
- nBos d 5 (b-lactoglobulin) – f77
- nBos d 6 (BSA cow) – e204
- nBos d 8 (Casein) – f78
- nBos d lactoferrin (Lactoferrin) – f334
- Dog dander – e5
- rCan f 1 (Lipocalin) – e101
- rCan f 2 (Lipocalin) – e102
- nCan f 3 (Serum Albumin) – e221
- egg white (Gallus domesticus)- f1
- egg yolk – f75
- nGal d 1 (Ovomucoid) – f233
- nGal d 2 (Ovalbumin) – f232
- nGal d 3 (Conalbumin) – f323
- nGal d 4 (Lysozyme)- k208
- Cod – f3
- Carp (Cyprinus carpio)
- rCyp c 1 (Parvalbumin)- f355
- Cod (Gadus morhua)
- rGad c 1 (Parvalbumin) – f426
- Hazel Nut (Corylus avellana) – f17
- rCor a 1 (PR-10) – f428
- rCor a 8 (LTP) – f425
HOUSE DUST MITE COMPONENTS
- House Dust Mite (Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus) – d1
- nDer p 1 – d202
- rDer p 2 – d203
- rDer p 10 (Tropomyosin) – d205
- Kiwi (Actinidia deliciosa) – f84
- rAct d 8 (PR10) – f430
- Latex (Hevea) k82
- rHev b 1 – k215
- rHev b 3 – k217
- rHev b 5 – k218
- rHev b 6.01 – k219
- rHev b 6.02 – k220
- rHev b 8 (Profilin) – k221
- rHev b 9 – k222
- rHev b 11 – k224
- Olive (Olea europaea)- t9
- nOle e 1 – t224
- >Peach (Prunus persica) – f95
- rPru p 1 (PR-10) – f419
- rPru p 3 (LTP) – f420
- rPru p 4 (Profilin) – f421
- Peanut (Arachis hypogaea) – f13
- rAra h 1 (7S globulins) – f422
- rAra h 2 (2S albumins) – f423
- rAra h 3 (11S globulin) – f424
- rAra h 8 (PR-10) – f352
- rAra h 9 (LTP) – f427
- Shrimp (Penaeus aztecus) – k24
- rPen a 1 (Tropomysin) – f351
- Soybean (Glycin max) – f14
- rGly m 4 (PR-10) – f353
- nGly m 5 (beta-conglycinin) – f431
- nGLy m 6 (glycinin) – f432
TIMOTHY GRASS COMPONENTS
- rPhl p 1 (Grass Group 1) – g205
- rPhl p 2 (Grass Group 2) – g206
- nPhl p 4 (Grass Group 5) – g208
- rPhl p 5b – g215
- rPhl p 6 (Ca Binding Protein) – g209
- rPhl p 7 – g210
- rPhl p 11 (Profilin) – g211
- rPhl p 12 – g212
- rApi m 1 (Phospholipase A2, Honey Bee) – I208
- rPol d 5 (European Paper Wasp) – i210
- rVes v 5 (Common wasp) – i209
- rVes v 1 (Phospholipase A1, Common Wasp) – i211
Proteins found in insect venoms. Specific markers particularly important when considering venom immunisation.
WALL PELLITORY COMPONENTS
- Wall pellitory (Parietaria judaica)- w21
- rPar j 2 (LTP) – w211
- Wheat (Triticum aestivum) – f4
- rTri a 19 Omega-5 Gliadin – f416
- rBet v 1 – t215
- rCor a 1 – f428
- rPru p 1 – f419
- rGly m 4 – f353
- rAra h 8 – f352
- rApi g 1.01 – f417
- rAct d 8 – f430
A heat labile protein, cooked foods are often tolerated. Often associated with local symptoms such as Oral AllergySyndrome (OAS). Often associated with allergic reactions to fruit and Vegetables in Northern Europe.
LIPID TRANSFER PROTEINS
- rPru p 3 – f420
- rCor a 8 – f425
- rAra h 9 – f427
- rPar j 2 – w211
A stable protein to heat and digestion causing reactions to cooked foods. Often associated with systemic and more severe reactions in addition to OAS. Often associated with allergic reactions to fruit and vegetatables in Southern Europe.
- rBet v 2 – t216
- rPru p 4 – f421
- rPhl p 12 – g212
- rHev b 8 – k221
Seldom associated with clinical symptoms but may cause demonstrable or even severe reactions in a small minority of cases.
- rBet v 4 – t220
- rPhl p 7 – g210
Ca binding protein
SEED STORAGE PROTEINS
- rAra h 2 (2S albumins) – f423
- rBer e 1 (2S albumins) – f354
- nGly m 5 (beta-glycinin) – f431
- nGly m 6 (glycinin) – f432
- rAra h 1 (7S globulins) – f422
- rAra h 3 (11S globulin) – f424
- rTri a 19 (Omega-5 Gliadin) – f416
Protein found in seeds serving as source material during growth of new plant. Often stable and heat resistant proteins causing reactions also in cooked foods.
- MUXF3 CCD (Bromelin) -o214
A marker for sensitisation to cross reactive-reactivity between species. Seldom associated with clinical symptoms but may cause demonstrable or even severe reactions in a small minority of patients.
- rCan f 1 – e101
- rCan f 2 – e102
Very stable proteins. Allergen components displaying limited cross-reactivity between species.
- rCyp c 1 (Carp) – f355
- rGad c 1 (Cod) – f426
A major allergen in fish. A marker for cross-reactivity among different species of fish and amphibians. A protein stable to heat and digestion causing reactions to cooked foods.
- nBos d 6 (Serum Albumin cow) – e204
- nFel d 2 (Serum Albumin cat) – e220
- nCan f 3 (Serum Albumin dog) – e221
- nSus s (Serum Albumin pig) – e222
A common protein present in different biological fluids and solids. Cross-reactions between albumins from different animal species are well known for example between cat, dog, cow and pork.
- rPen a 1 – f351
- rDer p 10 – d205
An actin-binding protein in muscle fibres. A marker for cross-reactivity between crustaceans, mites and cockroach.