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Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to allow time to register.

New patient consultation is 1 hour long and follow up take up to 30 minutes.

Pictures of allergic reaction and a referral letter from your doctor are helpful if available

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  • No Oral Antihistamines or decongestants and some antidepressants for 3days before appointment.
  • If you are taking asthma inhalers or nose sprays, you may CONTINUE to do so.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1557879336831{margin-bottom: 50px !important;}”]What to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Medical Insurance Card
  • Please bring a list of your current medications including all prescription medications and any over the counter medications and/or vitamin supplements you may be taking. Please be sure to include the dosage and frequency in which you take the medication
  • ALL payments are due upfront and collected at the time services are rendered. Medical aid patients will be issued an invoice to claim for refund. Medical aid charges is not equivalent to consultation fee.

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Approximately 85% of patients who describe themselves as being allergic to penicillin will have negative skin tests and can safely receive penicillin.

Penicillin allergy testing benefits patients and treating doctors. The benefits include fighting resistant bacteria and offering less expensive treatments for patients. Many patients thought to be allergic to penicillin are treated with very potent antibiotics which are often quite expensive. Continued use of these antibiotics may lead to increased drug-resistant bacteria, limited availability of alternative treatment for more severe infections, and greater side effect profiles.

Process:

After taking a history, Dr Mabelane will decide if you are a suitable candidate for this process. Penicillin allergy testing is performed via skin tests and if the skin tests are essentially negative, low to moderate risk patients will undergo an “oral challenge” to penicillin is performed. This take about 4 to 6 hours. High risk patients with a history of severe reactions will be advised on safe alternatives and educated about other antibiotics related to penicillin that could be also result in an allergic reaction.

Dr Mabelane performs desensitisation to patients needing penicillin without an alternative but this is only done in high risk patients with severe reactions to penicillin.

If you think you are allergic to penicillin and need an allergy evaluation book your appointment with Dr Mabelane.

 

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An oral food challenge is recommended for diagnoses of food allergy if there is further clarity needed or when a medical history and tests indicate that the patient may no longer be allergic to a certain food.

An oral food challenge involves eating a serving of the specific food in slow, graded increments, under close supervision by a trained health care giver in a facility that can deal with severe life-threatening reaction. Dosing is continued until standardised indication for stopping (visible reaction) or a full age-appropriate portion of the food has been consumed.

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Skin Prick Testing

The skin prick test introduces a tiny amount of allergen into the skin, eliciting a small, localised allergic response, in the form of a wheal (bump) and flare (redness) at the site of testing. These tests can be carried out on all age groups, including babies. SPT is usually carried out on the inner forearm, but in some circumstances may be carried out on another part of the body, such as back. This test is usually done in order to identify allergies to pet dander, dust, pollen, foods or dust mites and results are known within 15-20 minutes.

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