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NHS ‘Must Keep Pace’ With Allergy Epidemic

One of the world’s top allergy experts says many health professionals are inadequately trained to deal with the crisis.

Nathalie Dyson-Coope’s four-year-old son, Callum, has 12 severe food allergies – six of them are potentially fatal. His sensitivities to foods, including peanuts, milk, eggs and tomatoes, began when he was a baby with reactions varying from painful rashes to life-threatening anaphylaxis.

Ms Dyson-Coope said she had trouble getting some GPs to understand Callum’s reactions, which often involved excruciating, bleeding eczema. “You would pick him up in the morning… and it would look like a murder had been committed in his moses basket. It was absolutely horrific. “It didn’t matter how many times we went to the doctors, they would say ‘oh it’s just baby eczema’ or ‘it’s just colic’ or ‘it’s just a bit of reflux – they’ll get over it’.”

A sharp increase in allergy sufferers over the past 20 years has made allergic disease the most common chronic disorder in childhood, matched only the obesity crisis. Some 50% of children now have an allergy, with some reactions potentially fatal, but scientists still do not know why. One of the world’s top allergy experts told Sky News cases are not being identified early enough because many health care professionals are inadequately trained to deal with the growing epidemic.

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http://news.sky.com/story/1612769/nhs-must-keep-pace-with-allergy-epidemic

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4 year old Callum

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