FAQ
Log In
Tuesday 23rd September 2014
News
 › 
 › 

Allergy testing kits warning

23rd February 2011

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has warned that allergy kits sold by websites could be misleading parents.

laptopstethoscope1

NICE said the allergy analysis offered by internet sites was not supported by scientific proof.

It will publish new guidance in order to aid doctors in England and Wales with identifying children who suffer from allergies.

It is believed one in 20 children has some kind of food allergy.

NICE stated that some parents used internet analysis and alternative therapy after they felt they were not given enough help by their GP.

Dr Adam Fox, an allergy specialist based at the Evelina Children's Hospital in London, said every child did not immediately display clearly recognisable allergic symptoms.

"Food allergies can actually be extremely subtle. Lots of children have eczema, colic or spit up more food than usual. For some of those children the underlying problem is an allergy to something within their diet."

The  NICE guidelines contain information for GPs which detail steps for identifying symptoms and when a child should be referred on for specialist treatment.

Dr Fox helped write the guidelines for NICE and said he regularly saw parents who had spent money on unnecessary or ineffective tests.

"The websites are very well put together, the stories behind them are plausible, but we were unable to find any evidence to support them," he said.

He added that the kind of test offered by health service clinics (skin prick tests and blood sample analysis) were supported by scientific research.

Share this page

Comments

There are no comments for this article, be the first to comment!


Post your comment

Only registered users can comment. Fill in your e-mail address for quick registration.

Your email address:

Your comment will be checked by a Healthcare Today moderator before it is published on the site.

Mayden - Innovative cloud-based web development for the healthcare sector
© Mayden Foundation 2014