Allergies knowledge not enough21st May 2007
A pressure group has claimed that GPs and pharmacists do not know enough about allergies.
Allergy UK said that training on the subject was limited and many people were going undiagnosed with patient’s lives put at risk.
In addition, Allergy UK said that even when a diagnosis was made, the limited number of specialist allergy clinics meant medical professionals often had nowhere to send their patients.
Family doctors acknowledged this was an issue that needed to be addressed, though the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain rejected the idea that pharmacists were not trained enough.
In the last 15 years the number of people suffering allergic reactions has been rising to a level where each year in England more than 6,000 people are admitted to hospital because of allergic reactions.
Such reactions are caused by allergens, which include pollen from trees and grasses, house dust mites, wasps, bees and some foods suchas nute and up to 25% of hospital admissions involve anaphylaxis, a sudden and potentially life-threatening reaction.
Allergy UK says it has been contacted by hundreds of people and believes doctors and pharmacists are too slow to pick up allergies, leaving people vulnerable to severe reactions.
The charity, which criticised the lack of specialist allergy clinics, is planning to launch a website for health professionals giving information about allergies and the common symptoms.
Royal College of GPs chairman, Professor Mayur Lakhani, said allergies must be taken seriously and the college would like to see a stronger emphasis on training in allergies in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical training.
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Title: Allergies knowledge not enough
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 2898
Date Added: 21st May 2007