This module will give a primary-care focused update on managing allergies, including issues such as:
- Treating allergic rhinitis with antihistamines, intranasal steroid sprays and systemic decongestants
- Testing for allergies in primary care, for example, using allergen skin prick testing
- Managing patients with hard-to-treat hayfever, for example with saline nasal douching and prophylactic antihistamines
- Identifying infants with cow’s milk allergy
This module was first published on 3rd March 2010 and was up to date with all key guidelines and evidence at that point. It will be reviewed as part of our routine update cycle by 3rd March 2012 but will be updated sooner to reflect any key guideline changes.
Key questions on allergic rhinitis:
Dr Dermot Ryan is a GP in Loughborough, Leicestershire, and clinical research fellow at the Department of General Practice and Primary Care at the University of Aberdeen
Dr Julian Spinks is a GP in Strood, Kent
A GP guide to allergy testing, and Hard-to-treat hay fever:
Dr Adrian Morris is a GP with special interest in allergy and clinical assistant at the Royal Brompton Hospital, the Guildford Clinic and London Medical Centre.
Cow’s milk allergy:
Dr Adam Fox is a paediatric allergy consultant
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