January 2014 - Skin Prick Tests at the European Parliament

From 7-9 January 2014, EAACI conducted three days of diagnostic tests for allergies in the European Parliament in Brussels. In total 350 people took the opportunity to be examined for sensitivity to the most common allergens and to be given an expert advice, and 47% of them tested positively.

The event was organised with the sponsorship of Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu MEP and the tests were conducted by a medical team led by Professor Peter Hellings, Professor at the Catholic University of Leuven and Clinic Head at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology of the University Hospitals Leuven.

“My team and I conducted diagnostic tests and provided advice non-stop on each of the three days. Some of the participants had quite severe symptoms. A first step towards helping patients with allergy should be to provide them with easier access to diagnosis”, Professor Peter Hellings said.

"I am very happy that together with EAACI we have managed to facilitate an allergy test for a considerable number of people in the European Parliament. This common chronic disease has a serious impact on people’s lives, and I urge Member States to develop adequate national allergy programmes”, Claudiu Ciprian Tănăsescu MEP said.
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