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