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Hospital admissions for food allergies rise 500% in 20 years

Published on 10/08/2010
Hospital admissions for food allergies have increase by 500 per cent since 1990, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has reported.

This rise could encourage more people to consider taking out family health insurance as Mandy East of the Anaphylaxis Campaign said that food allergies can impact "hugely" on the quality of life for the whole family.

Yesterday (August 9th) NICE opened a consultation on its draft clinical guideline on the assessment of children and young people with allergies.

It aims to support GPs and health professionals to recognise the symptoms of food allergies, which could be missed by NHS staff if they are unclear on how assess the condition.

"At the moment a child will present various symptoms and it is not always considered that it might be allergy," Ms East explained.

She added, however, that if a child is diagnosed with a food allergy when they do not have one, they could be cutting out major food groups and be on a restricted diet.
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