Contact and Occupational Skin Disease
Patch testing is available at The Skin Hospital's Darlinghurst and Westmead facilities. Patch testing is used to determine what factors are causing the allergic reaction in patients with intractable eczema/dermatitis induced by contact with substances encountered in the workplace and elsewhere (including cosmetics).
Patients are investigated by patch testing and prick testing following a detailed history and physical examination. A patch test requires at least three visits to the clinic over a period of one week. At the first visit multiple patches of testing substances are placed on the skin and maintained in contact for two days. After two days, an initial assessment for allergic reaction is made. No further patches are applied but the patient returns after seven days for final assessment. Allergic reactions to substances in contact with the skin can take up to seven days to appear.
Three experienced dermatologists at The Skin Hospital provide patch testing services. They include the following: