Dr Adam Fox talks about implementing the NICE Guidelines.
The NICE Guidelines, published in 2011, offer clear advice on the diagnosis and management of food allergy.
Most patients, i.e. those with a clear diagnosis and mild but persistent symptoms, should be managed in primary care, but some will require referral and management to secondary care. Implementing the NICE Guidelines should help to diagnose or exclude food allergy early on in the patient's care pathway and thus reduce the number of unnecessary prescriptions patients receive, as well as reducing the number of patients on exclusion diets.5
Ruth Charles paediatric dietitian talks about the benefits of working with a dietitian in the management of allergy
When to refer
The NICE guideline on food allergy offers specific advice on which patients should be referred to secondary care.
Dr Susan Leech discusses patient management and when to issue patients with an adrenaline autoinjector
Printable action plans
Following diagnosis, to ensure your patient follows your management advice, it is important to provide them with an action plan.
Download these useful action plans to guide your management of allergy patients: