Allergy and Immunology Program

St. Joseph's Allergy and Immunology Program offers comprehensive allergy services aimed at improving the quality of life of people with allergies through assessment, diagnosis, treatment, research and teaching. Many people with untreated allergic symptoms aren't aware of how much better they can feel once their symptoms are properly diagnosed and managed. 

A young patient undergoes an allergy test.

At the outpatient Allergy and Immunology Clinic, a personalized treatment plan is developed for patients, which includes measures to avoid or eliminate triggers, recommendations for medications, and education to help individuals take an active role in managing their disease.

Making a difference in the lives of patients

Care provided by the expert team at St. Joseph's can make the difference between suffering with an allergic disease and feeling better.

The clinic provides assessment and treatment for a wide range of conditions: allergic rhinitis; allergic conjunctivitis' drug allergies; food allergies, insect allergies; and more. Among procedures performed are:

  • Skin tests for inhalant allergens
  • Allergen immunotherapy for allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, asthma
  • Skin tests and blood tests for food allergies
  • Skin tests for antibiotics and other drug allergies
  • Desensitization procedure for drug allergies
  • Oral immunotheraphy for certain food allergies such as peanut
  • Patch testing for cosmetics, fragrances and skin care products

COVID-19 vaccination

The Province of Ontario is responsible for COVID-19 vaccination, including prioritization of Ontarians.  St. Joseph’s Health Care London, along with all Ontario hospitals, must follow the provincial vaccination plan. St. Joseph’s IS NOT providing the vaccine to patients at this time. As well, physicians and nursing staff cannot facilitate requests by patients to be prioritized for the vaccine.

For patients who require special considerations, such those with allergies, St. Joseph’s DOES NOT provide vaccinations on site. Our allergy clinic will see patients by referral only who require consultation with a clinical allergist/immunologist as per Ministry of Health guidelines. For COVID 19 vaccination recommendations for special populations, including those with allergies, please refer to Ontario's COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendations for Special Populations

For up-to-date information on the vaccine, including the province’s vaccination roll out plan, visit the COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario webpage. For vaccine eligibility in London-Middlesex, visit the Middlesex-London Health Unit website. 

Clinical research

The Allergy and Immunology Program team at St. Joseph’s Hospital has more than 30 years of experience in clinical research in asthma, hay fever and urticaria, both in adults and children.

Please ask the nurse or doctor about participating in clinical trials if you are interested.

Allergy lab

At St. Joseph’s, we are fortunate to have an onsite laboratory within Pharmacy Services to prepare customized allergy extracts. This is a unique feature of our clinic, and allows us to prepare materials just for you, both for diagnosis and for treatment.

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