Clinic Opens its Doors
The growing demand for the treatment
of allergies has long outstripped the
capacity of the very few specialist Allergy
Clinics in the UK.
“Most allergic reactions occur
as a result of environmental and
individual genetic reasons, but
our research has shown that
we can now effectively treat
the vast majority of conditions,”
said Dr Dugué.
Whilst the incidence of asthma has
now reached a plateau, there is a steady
increase in the incidence of allergic
reactions in adults as well as children.
Desensitisation is an increasing area of our
work. Essentially, this is a vaccination with
varying concentrations of allergen, once
that allergen has been identified.
We use either sub-cutaneous
immunotherapy by repeated injections
or sub-lingual immunotherapy with daily
drops under the tongue.
The second main area of the clinic’s work
is a new procedure for the diagnosis
and treatment of drug (medicine)
hypersensitivity. Drug challenge is the
‘gold standard’ of diagnosing drug allergic
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hypersensitivity when conventional
allergy tests are negative or not available.
Patients undergo this diagnosis as a
day procedure and the drug challenge
involves a cautious and graded
re-introduction of the suspected drug
under strict medical control.This begins
with the ingestion of a tiny dose, followed
by incremental increases of dosage up
to the normal therapeutic dose.The
challenge is stopped if an allergic reaction
occurs and the patient is immediately
treated. However, because of the low
doses administered, any reactions are
almost always very mild.
“We have achieved remarkable success
in helping patients with this technique,
allowing many of them to resume and
benefit from treatment otherwise
excluded.We have also been able to
identify people who have been wrongly
suspected of having intolerances to
drugs such as penicillin, from their
childhood,” said Dr Dugué.
A new Consultant-led Allergy Clinic has opened at London Bridge Hospital. The clinic
is treating patients with airborne, food, medicine (drug) and wasp allergies.
The Allergy Clinic is led by one of Europe’s most distinguished Consultants, Dr Pierre Dugué,
who trained and practised for many years in Paris and on the Côte d’Azur.
Dr Pierre Dugué
MD A. Practicen Hospitalier Chef de Service ACC-AH AIH
Consultant in Allergy and Asthma