If your child is taking antihistamine medicine (eg: Piriton©, Zitek© or Clarityn©) they will need to stop taking them before they come for their appointment as they might interfere with the test. Please stop taking:
- short-acting antihistamines, such as Chlorphenamine (also known as Piriton©) two days before the appointment
- long-acting antihistamines, such as Cetirizine and Loratidine (also known as Zirtek© and Clarityn©) five days before the appointment.
Please be aware that some cough and cold remedies (such as Benylin© and Medised©) contain antihistamine. Please speak to your pharmacist if you have any queries.
Your child does not need to stop any other medication such as asthma inhalers, nasal sprays or other medicines. Please bring details of your child’s medicines with you to the clinic. If your child uses inhalers please bring these and their spacer device with you to the appointment.
We have skin prick test extracts for many allergens such as nuts, egg, milk, fish, pollens, animals and some medicines. However, if you suspect fruit and vegetables may cause a problem and wish to be tested for these, please bring a small quantity of the particular fruit/vegetable with you to the clinic.
If you have any queries, please contact the outpatient team on 020 7188 7249.