Simple test will identify children at asthma risk.

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  • Author(s): Polak, Monika
  • Source:
    GP: General Practitioner. 11/3/2003, p7-7. 1/4p.
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    • Abstract:
      Just three simple questions and a skin prick test could identify children at high risk of developing allergic asthma. Researchers in Great Britain have devised a cumulative risk factor algorithm that general practitioners (GP) could use to predict the likelihood of a four-year-old developing respiratory allergy in later life with an 80 per cent certainty. Persistent wheezers were just over twice as likely to have a family member with asthma and about six times more likely to have a positive skin prick test, compared with children whose wheezing disappeared by their tenth birthday.