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Patch Testing

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Our Patch Testing procedure aims to identify the underlying causes of inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis by examining the potential substances or allergens involved. It is crucial to note that Patch Testing differs significantly from skin prick tests, which are primarily useful for addressing hay fever and allergies related to grasses, pets, or molds.

Throughout the Patch Testing process, you will attend multiple appointments to evaluate your skin’s reactions to a range of 34-60 substances. This comprehensive assessment allows us to detect potential contact dermatitis responses and provide valuable insights into your condition.

How does Patch Testing work?

To complete the patch testing procedure, you will need to make 4 separate visits to our clinic. Each visit is estimated to last around 20 minutes.

  1. Initial consultation to determine if you are a candidate
  2. Appointment for the nurse to apply the test patches
  3. Appointment 48hrs later to remove patches and take photographic records
  4. Final Appointment with Dermatologist to determine outcomes

Pricing & Rebates.

  • Initial Consult with a Dermatologist to determine if you are a candidate for Patch Testing, $280
  • Standard Patch Test, $350*
  • Final Dermatologist Review of results, $250

Medicare will rebate approximately a third of this amount if you have a valid referral from your GP.

*This price is a general guide only and is for our standard fee, prices may vary based on the type and number of patch series you may need.

Who is a Patch Testing candidate?

Patients who are most likely the best candidates for patch testing are those who have had recurrent rashes or other reactions on their skin to substances with which they regularly come into contact (also known as contact dermatitis). Patients of any age can undergo patch testing safely.

Keep in mind, skin tests aren’t always accurate. They sometimes indicate an allergy when there isn’t one (false-positive), or skin testing may not trigger a reaction when you’re exposed to something that you are allergic to (false-negative).

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