Allergies

Our allergy clinic provides outpatient care (testing and treatment) for patients of all ages, since both children and adults are affected by these increasingly frequent conditions.

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These disorders may be localized allergies affecting the respiratory tract (nose and bronchi) or the skin, or more generalized systemic allergies that can sometimes be life threatening.
The medical team is composed of allergy specialists, including specialists in dermatology, ENT and pulmonary disorders, and pediatrics.

 

TESTING

At the first appointment, the physician will decide which tests should be carried out. These tests will help determine the nature of the allergy and the likely mechanism of action, helping pinpoint the cause and identify a means of prevention.
 
Depending on the disorder, its severity, and the condition of the patient, the allergy specialist may decide to run the following tests:

  • A pulmonary function test in the event of asthma or suspected asthma;
  • Skin tests (skin prick tests, intradermal tests or patch tests) which can help identify the cause(s) of respiratory or skin allergies;
  • Challenge tests (oral or by injection);
  • A nasal mucosal biopsy or skin biopsy.

ALLERGIC DISORDERS TREATED AT THE INSTITUT PASTEUR MEDICAL CENTER

Some allergies are common:

  • Asthma;
  • Hay fever and other types of allergic rhinitis;
  • Allergic conjunctivitis;
  • Severe or chronic hives;
  • Atopic or contact eczema;
  • Drug eruptions;
  • Food allergies;
  • Occupational allergies;
  • Allergies to vaccine components, treated in our clinic in cooperation with the International Vaccination Center.

Some allergies, which thankfully are rare, have severe consequences:

  • Angioedema or Quincke's edema;
  • Anaphylactic shock;
  • Allergies to the venom of hymenopterous insects (wasps, bees, etc.).
  • Treatments involve desensitization or allergen-specific immunotherapy. For allergic rhinitis or asthma, several treatment options currently exist (sublingual immunotherapy or injections). These treatments must be carefully monitored and administered according to strict guidelines.

 See the opening times and details on how to make an appointment at the Institut Pasteur Medical Center.

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