Medical task force offers guidelines for allergy sufferers
February 10, 1999
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A task force of major medical organizations announced broad-scale treatment guidelines on Wednesday for allergies that afflict nearly 50 million Americans.
According to the task force co-chairman, Dr. Gary S. Rachelefsky, there has been no standardized set of recommendations for treating the 1-in-5 Americans who suffer from allergies.
"This is the first time that a task force, members of organizations who represent the wider spectrum of medical professionals, has worked together to develop standardized treatment recommendations for some of our most prevalent, chronic disorders," he said.
The report contains information on diagnosing and treating allergies in adults and children.
Rachelefsky said the recommendations ensure that all health providers have access to the most advanced medical approaches to diagnosis and treatment.
Allergy specialist Dr. Michael Kaliner of Washington Hospital Center, said that, more and more under managed care, patients aren't seeing specialists.
"It is very common for us to find patients who have seen a number of primary care physicians and have been inadequately treated or misdiagnosed," he said.
Task force recommendations
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