In the UK over the last 20 years, the incidence of allergic diseases has approximately trebled, giving this country one of the highest rates of allergy in the developed world.
In any one-year, 12 million people in the UK (one-fifth of the population) are likely to be seeking treatment for allergy (Royal College of Physicians, 2003). Children are particularly likely to be affected by allergies, increasing from 13% at the age of 12 years, to 19% at the age of 18 years (Kaila et al 2009), and previously rare life-threatening allergies, such as peanut allergy, now affect one in 70 children (Brunetto et al 2009).
Despite the relatively low mortality rate of allergic diseases, allergy represents a growing socio-economic burden on the developed world and, for successful long-term management of allergic patients, it is essential to identify and reduce exposure to relevant allergens (Milian et al 2004).
- 1 in 3 infants and young children with eczema has underlying allergy
- 1 in 3 pre-school children with recurrent wheeze/coughing has underlying allergy
- 2 of 3 school children with recurrent wheeze/coughing have underlying allergy
- 7 of 10 children with rhinitis have underlying allergy
- 1 in 5 adults with eczema has underlying allergy
- 6 of 10 adults with seasonal rhinitis have underlying allergy
- 1 in 2 adults with chronic rhinitis or nasal congestion has underlying allergy.
Source: ImmunoCAP® allergy blood testing: Why, who and what difference it makes.
The Benefits of Allergy Testing
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Using ImmunoCAP® blood tests will dramatically improve allergy diagnosis accuracy. Studies have shown that including an ImmunoCAP® blood test in the allergy diagnosis protocol greatly increases the accuracy of diagnosis and supports more effective patient management.
Diagnoses based on ImmunoCAP® results, a patient case history and physical examination, can achieve a better diagnostic outcome.
Identifying the allergen can help to:
- Reduce exposure
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce symptoms
- Reduce the need for medication
- Increase patient quality-of-life
Allergy testing is a valuable aid to:
- Exclude allergy as a cause of the symptoms
- Identify allergy as the likely underlying reason for the inflammatory response
- Guide optimal treatment and medication
- Guide appropriate referral
Interpreting Allergy Test Results
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