NICE Guidelines on Food Allergy

The new NICE guidelines offer best practice advice on the care of children and young people with suspected food allergy. Guidelines states that an earlier and more accurate diagnosis of food allergy will improve patient care and save cost to the healthcare society.

 

 

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".