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Allergy myths lead to underdiagnosis and overdiagnosis, say specialists

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3049 (Published 05 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3049
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Urban myths and quackery have developed around allergies and put people needlessly at risk, say the authors of a new patient guide.

Making Sense of Allergies, written by allergy specialists and published by the charity Sense About Science, aims to help the public make sense of the evidence and refute some of the misconceptions surrounding the subject.1

The guide warns that many allergy tests sold on the high street …

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