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Allergy

what we offer allergy treatments

Dr. Brendan Fitzpatrick is a U.C.D. Medical graduate trained in St. Vincent’s Hospital. He has had a special interest in Allergies, Food Intolerances and Complementary Medicine since the 1980s.

Consultation at the Allergy Clinic consists of a full Medical and Allergy history, Allergy testing (Skin Prick Testing and specific IGE blood tests if indicated). A treatment programme is then based on the history and Allergy test results.

In addition to the Allergy Practice, Dr. Fitzpatrick has an integrated approach to chronic medical conditions depending on individual clinical problem. Treatment methods used include Acupuncture, Dietary advice, Nutritional Supplements, Herbal Medicines and also Allergy Testing if indicated.

Post graduate qualifications include Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland (MRCPI) and diplomas in Child Health and Dermatology. He is a member of the British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (BSACI) and the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EACCI). He is also a member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Common allergy conditions treated include;

Proper allergy diagnosis and management always involves going through a detailed medical and allergy history as well as allergy testing. The consultation gives very important information and is very helpful in selecting what food and inhalents need to be tested. We advise allowing at least one hour for the initial visit. The treatment programme will then be based on a combination of both allergy history and allergy testing.

We advise allowing about one hour for an initial visit.

Conditions where allergy/intolerance factors predominate include Asthma/Rhinitis, Eczema, Urticaria, Irritable Bowel Syndrome. However, allergy and food intolerence can play a contributory role in many other conditions including arthritis, candida syndrome, behavioural problems and reduced energy / well-being.

Yes, only a very small minority are not suitable for skin allergy testing eg. widespread eczema or highly sensitive patients particularly those with a history of anaphylactic shock. In these cases a blood test may be carried out by our trained nurse. Antihistamines must be stopped at least three days prior to skin-prick testing.

Skin prick testing is used at the Allergy Clinic for common inhalants and foods. This involves a small drop of the Allergen being scratched on the arm. Reactions are read after 15 – 20 minutes. In the past 20 years many tests have been offered including Vega, Kinesiology and some forms of blood tests. However, unfortunately, they have not proved to be consistently reproducible and give many false positive and false negative results. I believe that proper allergy management requires a detailed history, allergy testing and evaluation of response treatment.

No. In some patients environmental factors may be much more important. Research shows that people find prolonged strict diets difficult and in my experience widespread removal of foods can have side effects including weight loss, social isolation and is not a practical long term solution. However, depending on your particular medical condition and allergy, a strict diet is often required for the first 2-4 weeks to confirm the diagnosis. Lifelong food removal is only necessary with acute IGE mediated allergies which carry a risk of anaphylactic shock eg. peanuts, egg, fish. Most food intolerances become less reactive with avoidance and treatment.

Allergy management is more than avoiding the offending substance. Other treatments aim to strengthen the Immune System to make it less sensitive/allergic. Depending on individual history and allergy test results, treatments include :

  • Desensitisation,
  • Vitamin and Mineral Supplements,
  • Good quality probiotics and,
  • Herbal and natural medicines.

Patients with yeast allergy and hypersensitivity often have increased sensitivity to a wide variety of foods, chemicals, inhalants. In practical terms, it would not be possible to remove all of these. However, treatment of the yeast/sugar condition with a combination of diet, supplements and anti-fungal medication may produce an overall improvement in their immune system with a reduction/elimination of their allergies and intolerences.

Sub-lingual de-sensitization is increasingly being used for specific allergens, particularly house dust mite and grass pollens. Full avoidance of these is very difficult. No injections are involved and a low dose of the Allergen is taken regularly either in tablet or liquid form. Further details will be given at time of consultation.

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