About Dr David Orton

Consultant Dermatologist

Skin Health & Allergy

Sub-specialties: Eczema, Adult Allergy, Urticaria, Patch Testing, Contact Dermatitis, Allergy, Food Allergy, Dermatology.

Dr David Orton is an experienced Consultant Dermatologist & Allergist specialising in eczema, contact dermatitis, patch testing, urticaria and general adult allergy. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has authored multiple book chapters, and he is a frequently invited lecturer on contact dermatitis.

Overview

Bookings: bookings.skinhealthallergy@onewelbeck.com

Tel: 020 3653 2007

Dr David Orton is an experienced Consultant Dermatologist & Allergist specialising in eczema, contact dermatitis, patch testing, urticaria and general adult allergy. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals, has authored multiple book chapters, and he is a frequently invited lecturer on contact dermatitis.

Areas of Expertise

Dr David Orton performs a range of of treatments including:

  • Patch testing
  • Prick tests and blood tests for all types of allergy (food, pollen, pets etc.), ISAC test and molecular tests (component resolved diagnostics), and intradermal tests
  • Sublingual immunotherapy for pollen and dust mite allergies
  • Anti IgE (Omalizumab)

Some of the conditions he commonly treats are:

About Dr David Orton

Dr Orton studied medicine at the Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in London (now the Imperial College School of Medicine). As an undergraduate he was awarded an intercalated BSc in Psychology as applied to medicine.

He completed training in General Dermatology between the Royal Free Hospital and the Royal London Hospital in 2000, and then undertook further sub-specialist training in contact dermatitis and general allergy. He was awarded an MSc in Allergy in 2008.

Dr Orton is past President of the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy and past Secretary of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis. During these roles he focused on consumer protection from allergens used in cosmetics and everyday household products.

He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has authored multiple book chapters, and he is a frequently invited lecturer on contact dermatitis.

Dr Orton’s most recent NHS appointments were Honorary Consultant at the Royal Free hospitals NHS Trust and the Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where he ran the cutaneous allergy investigation units. He has been in full time independent medical practice since 2017.

After training in General Dermatology David developed a sub-specialist interest in eczema, contact dermatitis and skin allergy. He soon became aware that many patients requiring investigations into skin allergy had other features of allergic disease. He therefore undertook further General Allergy training so that he could provide a holistic approach to his patients, and one point of reference for their investigation and treatment.

During his elected roles as Secretary of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis and President of the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy  he is credited with forging  links between Dermatologists and the cosmetics industry. This has allowed for constructive dialogue over issues directly affecting consumers and continues to generate ongoing clinical Research.

David has been a member of several ESCD working parties and the EAACI Paediatric task force on patch testing in children. He was also an invited contributor to the House of Lords Inquiry into Allergy.

Additional Information

Qualifications

  • BSc Hons (Psychology as applied to medicine)
  • MBBS London
  • MSc (Allergy)
  • FRCP

Memberships

  • Royal College of Physicians
  • European Society of Contact Dermatitis
  • British Society of Cutaneous Allergy
  • British Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology

Research Highlights

Dr Orton regularly contributes to ongoing research projects coordinated by the British Society of Cutaneous Allergy. He is the author of a dermatology textbook, and has contributed multiple chapters to other general dermatology and specialist allergy textbooks.

Key Publications

  • Book Chapter Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology 10th eds C Griffiths, J Barker, T Bleiker, R Chalmers, D Creamer 2021
  • Book Chapter: management of contact urticaria through clinical cases
    Contact Urticaria Eds Ana Gimenez-Arnau & Howard Maibach, Springer, 2018
  • Several Chapters in Common Contact Allergens – a practical guide to detecting contact dermatitis.
    Eds McFadden , J, Puangpet P, et al, Wiley Blackwell 2020 ISBN 9781119405665
  • Wilkinson M, Gonçalo M, Aerts O, Badulici S, Bennike NH, Bruynzeel D, Dickel H, Garcia-Abujeta JL, Giménez-Arnau AM, Hamman C, Isaksson M, Johansen JD, Mahler V, Niklasson B, Orton D, Pigatto P, Ponyai G, Rustemeyer T, Schuttelaar MLA, Spiewak R, Thyssen JP, Uter W. The European baseline series and recommended additions: 2019. Contact Dermatitis. 2019 Jan;80(1):1-4. Review.
  • Wilkinson M, Orton D. Acrylate allergy: time to intervene. Contact Dermatitis; 2017 ; 77:353-355.