Allergy UK FAQs during COVID-19

Gary Hodgson, Medicines Information Pharmacist, North West Medicines Information CentrePublished Last updated See all updates

Allergy UK has created frequently asked questions on coronavirus aimed at people living with allergy. Medicines related advice is summarised.

Advice and material

Allergy UK has produced FAQs on coronavirus and allergy FAQs for people living with allergy and vaccine allergy for GPs.

People living with allergy FAQ examples

Examples of questions covered in the patient examples include:

  • I carry an EpiPen for my allergies. If I get coronavirus severely and go into respiratory distress, would using my EpiPen help my breathing like it would during anaphylaxis?
  • I have idiopathic anaphylaxis and have an attack 3-4 times a year. I am often prescribed steroids and antihistamines for long periods after each episode. Do these medicines increase my risk from coronavirus?
  • What do I do if I am self-isolating and can’t get certain medications what do I do?
    If I have asthma/allergies and I have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for covid-19 should I stop medication?

GP FAQ examples

Examples of questions covered in the GP examples include:

  • My patient collapsed after their influenza vaccine and taken to hospital. Can they be seen in the allergy clinic and have their first Covid vaccination hospital?
  • My patient began to cough and developed throat tightness shortly after their Covid vaccination. What should I do next?
  • My patient is allergic to wasp/bee stings, can they have their Covid vaccination in hospital?

All COVID-19 Specialty Summaries

COVID-19 Specialty Summaries

Clinical specialty guidance for medicines and COVID-19 summarised from a range of professional and government bodies

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