Rising cases of allergy patients set to continue

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WIGAN hospitals are dealing with record number of allergies according to the latest NHS figures.

A report released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) revealed that NHS hospitals in England dealt with 20,320 admissions for allergies in the 12 months to February.

This represents a 7.7 per cent increase from 18,860 for the previous 12 months.

The rate of admissions for allergies for both genders is highest in those aged 0-4 and it is higher in males than in females in this age group.

The rate for both genders generally decreases with age with a higher rate of admissions in females than in males in older age bands.

Dr Anser Mahmood, A&E Consultant in Emergency Medicine said: “Mild or moderate allergic reactions are managed by patients and their GP, in the community. Critical reactions and episodes of more severe, potentially life-threatening cases of allergic reaction, often present at A&E.

“These patients may or may not know what the allergic reaction was caused 

“The care package is made up of two parts. Part 1 addresses the emergency treatment of the patient. This is the ABC test – Airway, Breathing and Circulation.

“Once these have been established, treated and stabilised, the clinician will move on to Part 2. This is the assessment after the emergency treatment has been administered and relates to samples being taken and running tests.

“It also includes ensuring information and an explanation of how to identify the symptoms of severe allergic and anaphylactic reaction, is given.

“Once the initial severe phase has been treated in A&E, patients will undergo an observation period of 4-6 hours in hospital.

“Most patients will be discharged to continue the management of the allergy with their GP.

“Patients suffering from more severe forms of allergic reaction would be referred, to Immunology at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, as an outpatient for further allergy testing and management.”

The report also shows that 61.8 per cent (12,560) of admissions due to allergic reactions were emergencies, a 6.2 per cent increase (730) on the same period last year 

Nearly one in five (4070) of admissions were for anaphylactic reactions, an increase of 9.9 per cent (370) from the same period last year.