The 4 questions that can prevent needless allergy testing

Asking patients with suspected allergies four simple questions can help screen out those who won’t need further testing, say UK researchers.

A dozen potential screening questions were trialled in 143 primary care patients, of which four questions, when taken together, were found to predict non-atopic status with 88% accuracy.

The questions are:

  1. Do you have, or have you ever had, hay fever?
  2. Do any of your parents or siblings have, or have they ever had, hay fever?
  3. Do your allergy symptoms vary when you go from place to place (for example