rich emollient used in the management of eczema, psoriasis and other dry skin conditions.


I recently found out about these guidance questions that you or your child might like to ask your healthcare professional in the NICE guidelines.

They may or may not help and there are probably loads more questions one could ask, but they’re a start. The first 12 in the list are from the NICE guidelines. The rest are mine because I’m just nosy and always have a million questions to ask.


  1. Could I / my child’s symptoms be caused by food allergy?
  2. Is it possible to confirm my / my child’s food allergy?
  3. What will having food allergy mean for me / my child?
  4. Are there any support organisations in our local area?
  5. What type of food allergy might my child have?
  6. Please give me more details about the tests my child may have.
  7. Will allergy tests be painful or distressing for my child?
  8. How soon can my child be tested and how long will it take to get the results?
  9. If we are trying an elimination diet, how can I make sure my child has a healthy diet?
  10. How long does an elimination diet take and how do they work? ie. order to reintroduce foods…
  11. Can you refer me to a dietician or nutritionist for advice on maintaining a healthy diet?
  12. Do I have to avoid the food(s) completely – even traces?
  13. What if the allergy tests are negative but my child still has symptoms?
  14. If we are being referred to a specialist can you explain why?
  15. How long does an elimination diet take and how do they work? ie. order to reintroduce foods…
  16. Can you refer me to a dietician or nutritionist for advice on maintaining a healthy diet?
  17. If allergy is diagnosed what treatment, drugs etc. will be prescribed?
  18. Will I / my child need an adrenaline auto-injector and if so, which one will best suit (think of needle length, age/size of child
  19. Can you please prescribe two injectors, as suggested by the MHRA?
  20. Will you be able to demonstrate to me how to use an adrenaline auto-injector please?
  21. Will it be possible to get retested and possibly challenge foods in the future?
  22. Are there any trials for desensitisation that I / my child may benefit from enrolling on?
  23. How often do you see patients with allergies in your surgery?
  24. Can you help me find help with school, food at school and Allergy Action plans for me / my child?
  25. Is it possible to be put in touch with other people locally with the same problem? Mums with allergic kids nearby?
  26. Where is the closest allergy centre/hospital? and how long is the waiting list?
  27. I would like to be referred to xxxxxx particular allergist at xxxxxx hospital. How do I go about sorting this out?
  28. How do I keep a food and symptoms diary? Do you have a diary outline you could provide me?

Have you got any other questions you would like to ask?

You will find this and more information online in the NICE guidance for food allergy aimed at (young) patients and carers.



An allergy and health writer and freelance copywriter, Ruth is passionate about helping those with allergies and food intolerances take control, embrace their condition, and learn to live with and love who they are. It can be very lonely finding you have allergies and discovering what helps you can be a life long journey. What works for one person won't work for another, so after trying nearly every allergy treatment under the sun and finding hours of research necessary to keep abreast of what's going on, Ruth started writing her blog, What Allergy? in April 2009. Ruth has life threatening allergies herself to all nuts, all diary, tomatoes and celery and knows first-hand what it's like to have an anaphylactic attack. Voted in the Top 5 UK allergy blogs by Cision UK in 2011, What Allergy is packed full of interesting articles, hints and tips and product reviews which are a must read for anyone with allergies, food intolerances or sensitivities, asthma and eczema. From subjects such as "What is celery allergy?" to "Surviving a holiday abroad with allergies", it's packed with useful and interesting information. You can register free for a weekly newsletter by visiting her website and also keep in touch by following her on Facebook and Twitter.

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