If you need your dermatitis investigated, you need a referral from your general practitioner and have to first consult with us about what you need to be tested for. An initial consultation is necessary because some chemicals are specific to certain occupations (e.g., bakers, carpenters, dentists, hairdressers) and have to be ordered (some even imported from Germany) before the test. We will also ask you to bring some of the products you use at home, such as your facial cleanser and moisturiser, sunscreen, shampoo and shower gel. In this visit, we will explain the procedure, schedule the testing sessions and quote you the full cost.
Further, you should plan your week around the test as the patches cannot get wet. This means you have to temporarily avoid excessive sweating (e.g., from exercise) and change how you wash. We suggest washing your hair that Monday morning before going to the clinic (i.e., before your first session), and using dry shampoo if needed.
You can also wash your hair over a sink to avoid wetting the patches.
Also note that we can’t proceed with the testing if you have a rash on your back or are taking certain medications.