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13-15 Shea Terrace, Takapuna, Auckland

Immunologist Appointment – What to expect, and is an appointment right for you?

Here are some things to know, so you can work out if you want to consult or not.

The main types of conditions I can usually help with are urticaria (hives), angioedema (face swelling), allergic rhinitis (hayfever), eczema, medication allergy, anaphylaxis and whether an allergic reaction has occurred or not. For food allergy, my testing and appointments are only helpful if you have sudden onset rashes or swelling/coughing with food. If your issues are more abdominal bloating or diarrhoea or tummy pain then a gastroenterologist and registered dietitian would be better. I can also give advice around immune deficiency.

Appointments can be as short as 20 minutes or as long as 40 minutes. Sometimes I do allergy testing, but sometimes I might make a judgement that allergy testing is not a good idea, because in some situations allergy testing is actually inappropriate and less predictive. I might consider your symptoms are not consistent with allergy. We do not do broad spectrum testing of large numbers of allergies (because this is unreliable). We do focused testing of specific allergies as indicated by your medical history and symptoms (this is a more accurate and evidence based approach).

Sometimes I can help your symptoms or your condition, but sometimes I can’t. Quite often multiple appointments are needed.

I see patients 10 years old and over.