oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - An ideal Children's Chest and Allergy Clinic : review article

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



The practice of Allergology has reached great heights in the last 2 years. South Africa has progressed from having Diplomates in Allergology to the recognition of sub-specialist Allergologists in Paediatrics, Internal Medicine and Family Practice. This is a new era for those of us interested in bringing the science of Allergology to our patients and already there is a sense that Allergology has joined other subspecialities in our country, to advance this aspect of science and medicine. However, the number of subspecialists in Allergology will remain small for many years and in the mean time, we will need our Allergy Diplomates, and other interested clinicians, to uphold the practice of Allergology in their own practices. This article is intended to provide a useful philosophical guide to what would make the general allergy clinic better able to meet the needs of patients. In this article we provide some ideas firstly for the ideal Children's Chest and Allergy Clinic. We believe that allergic children and their parents want three things. They want an answer (a diagnosis), then they want a treatment (a therapeutic strategy) and lastly they want a therapeutic strategy that works or leads to a solution (improved quality of life). This article will suggest ways to achieve this in your own clinic.

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