Hospital admissions for allergies up nearly 8% in a year

Report from Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)

In the 12 months to February 2014, the HSCIC's report shows that NHS hospitals in England dealt with 20,320 admissions for allergies. This represents a 7.7% increase from 18,860 for the previous 12 months.

This breaks down into:

• 61.8% of these admissions were emergencies, a 6.2% increase on last year.

• Nearly 1 in 5 were for anaphylactic reactions, a 9.9% increase on last year.

• The highest rate of emergency admissions for anaphylaxis was in the Birmingham area; the lowest in the Merseysicde area.

• Allergic rhinitis – 10.9% in males and 13.3% in females.

• 93.7% of these admissions were elective.

• Of these 62.9% went for subcutaneous immunotherapy treatment

• Hospital admissions for food allergy increased by 6.4%

For more on the report see the HSCIC site here.

June 2014

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