Here are some of the hightlights from the guidelines:
- An allergy focused clinical history is not enough for diagnosis. All children and young people with suspected IgE-mediated food allergy should be offered an allergy test, such as a blood test for specific IgE-antibodies.
- There is a risk of developing an anaphylactic reaction with skin prick tests and these tests should only be undertaken in facilities where it is possible to deal with these reactions.
- Skin prick tests and blood tests are equally cost-effective compared with no test at all. Yearly retesting until school age to identify outgrown allergies is also cost-effective.
To learn more about these guidelines and how to intregrate them into your own clinical practice, please read our brochure "Is it food allergy or not? Be sure. Be safe".