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This test is done in our Dermatology Department, the address and directions are at the end of the page.
One week prior to patch testing please contact the department if:
Yes, you can continue to take anti-histamines, but please inform us at your first patch test clinic appointment.
Please bring the Health and Safety Data sheets, which will be available in your place of work. The doctor will advise you if this is required.
You will need to attend the hospital on 3 separate days in the week.
On the first visit:
you will be assessed by the nurse.
On the second visit, 48 hours later, most of the patch tape is removed and any reactions noted. Only the top of the tape and marker pen will remain.
On the third visit, 96 hours later, your back will be examined and any reactions discussed with you by the doctor.
This is helpful since, as far as we can, we have eliminated contact allergy as a cause of your skin problem.
Side effects include:
If you would like to find out more about patch testing you may find the following websites helpful:
British Association of Dermatologists
If you have any concerns about your appointment or treatment, please call the telephone number below:
Brighton General Hospital Patient Helpline: 01273 665140
Disclaimer: the information in this leaflet is for guidance purposes only and is in no way intended to replace professional clinical advice by a qualified practitioner.
Publication Date: November 2021
Review Date: August 2024