07 Apr 2011

Allergy News – “allergy tests can be dangerous!”

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The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) published in February 2011 the first evidence-based guideline on the diagnosis and assessment of food allergy in children and young people. The guideline highlights the dangers of using alternative testing methods such as vega tests, applied kinesiology and hair analysis and does not recommend these tests at all.

Food allergies are becoming increasingly common in children in the UK. Symptoms of a food allergy can manifest themselves in many ways, and might include:

• Skin conditions such as eczema or acute urticaria (itchy rash)
• Gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting, nausea, diarrhoea or constipation
• Respiratory complaints such as sneezing, or shortness of breath
• Anaphylaxis (severe, hyper-sensitive reaction) and other allergic reactions.

A specialist dietitian is particularly recommended by NICE in the management of the non-IgE mediated allergies, and for information and support for all food allergies.

You can read the full NICE guideline here: http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/live/13348/53214/53214.pdf

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