Allergic conditions: key points

  • Allergic mechanisms contribute to a large number of different diseases and have both acute and chronic effects.
  • Diseases with an allergic basis include allergic rhinitis, asthma, food intolerance and reactions to drugs and to wasp and bee stings.
  • Most allergic conditions are treated in primary care.
  • There is a lack of good quality information on rare but severe conditions such as anaphylaxis.

Section updates:

  • The last major update of this section was completed in September 2016.
  • The next major update is due to be carried out by end September 2017.