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:

 

Dr Sarvjit Sohal (nee Virdi)

Dr. Sarvjit Kaur Virdi completed her graduation in medical school in 1996 and Post graduate studies, M.D in Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology in 2000 from Punjab,

Dr Eddie Lobel

Dermatologist Dr Eddie Lobel graduated in Medicine (Sydney University) in 1964, and then completed his residency at Canterbury Hospital and the Royal Hospital for

Dr Joe Konya

Dr Joe Konya is a consultant Dermatologist for the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia conducting a tertiary contact and occupational dermatitis clinic at

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