Confusion about allergies is putting people needlessly at risk say experts and medical charities1.
In Making Sense of Allergies2, a guide published today by Sense About Science3, allergy specialists and charities warn that essential information and life-saving actions are being diluted in a sea of over diagnosis.
Moira Austin, our Helpline and Information Manager, was one of the experts who provided input into this publication – Moira said; “The Anaphylaxis Campaign receives thousands of calls and emails each year from people living with severe allergy, many of whom have been given outdated or inaccurate information and advice. People coping with dangerous allergies are encountering cynicism: waiters think customers with food allergies are just being fussy. This situation is made worse by the confusion about allergy symptoms, testing, diagnosis and treatment which can result in great anxiety and can even put the patient at risk.”
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