Test allergy children for triggers, study urges

All children should undergo allergy testing to spot potential triggers, researchers urged after a study found there are no overt clinical features that could distinguish those at risk.

Tobacco exposure: no difference between children with allergic and non-allergic asthma
Tobacco exposure: no difference between children with allergic and non-allergic asthma

Researchers attempted to elucidate clinical characteristics that could be used to distinguish between allergic and non-allergic asthma in children.

They examined the medical records of 321 children with asthma who had undergone skin testing for allergens.

The study found there was no difference between those with allergic and non-allergic asthma with regards to family history, home tobacco smoke exposure, age of asthma onset, gender, rate of obesity or asthma severity.

As such, authors said all asthmatic children should undergo allergy testing to identify those at risk of allergic reactions and avoid unnecessary environmental interventions in non-allergic patients.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Start date for COVID-19 booster campaign unclear, vaccines minister admits

Start date for COVID-19 booster campaign unclear, vaccines minister admits

A UK COVID-19 booster campaign could start from September - but could also remain...

BMA demands 'systemic change' after LMC report exposes racism in primary care

BMA demands 'systemic change' after LMC report exposes racism in primary care

Most black, Asian and minority ethnic primary care staff have experienced racism...

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK are playing a leading role in the largest-ever NHS vaccination...

Loss of appetite - red flag symptoms

Loss of appetite - red flag symptoms

Red flag symptoms in patients with loss of appetite and the importance of taking...

Map: Which CCGs have the highest COVID-19 vaccine coverage?

Map: Which CCGs have the highest COVID-19 vaccine coverage?

More than 40m doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in England - but how...

More than one in three GPs plan early retirement as pandemic and workload take toll

More than one in three GPs plan early retirement as pandemic and workload take toll

More than a third of UK GPs plan to retire early and many more to reduce their working...