Cutaneous allergy services involve the diagnosis and management of allergic contact dermatitis (eczema) and contact urticaria including occupational skin disease. The investigation of patch testing may also be of value in the investigation of some systemic drug reactions and reactions to implantable medical devices (e.g. hip replacements).
Patch testing is a specialist procedure carried out in dermatology departments in the investigation of allergic contact dermatitis (eczema). This test has a sensitivity and specificity of between 70% and 80%.
The remit of this new WPG is to provide a consensus for measurable standards for cutaneous allergy service provision in the UK. The members from around the UK were chosen for their specialist expertise in patch testing as well as from a range of specialties that are important in supporting a cutaneous allergy service, together with relevant patient involvement.