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How Often Should Children Be Tested For Allergies
Child skin test : The allergies of children change much more rapidly than those of adults. There is no hard and fast rule about when to repeat skin testing in any patient, but in adults it's about every 3-5 years and in children, i would aim for 3 years, but if I have a clinical reason to think something has changed, it should be done when that occurs. Pollen allergies start later so the skin tests occur later. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
My husband has nut and fish allergies. I have 4 children, 2 without allergies should I get rest of kids tested before giving them these foods?
Yes: Not all of the food allergies are created equal. Food allergies like dairy, egg, wheat tend to be outgrown. Tree nut and peanut are less likely (although recent studies suggest that 20-30% outgrow the peanut allergy). Environmental allergies tend to "grow on you" with time. Note: the allergy test may remain positive despite the child having outgrown the allergy. Consult with an allergist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Genes + environment: To develop an allergy, you need a genetic predisposition. For example, children at highest risk of developing allergic asthma are those whose parents have asthma. Also necessary is multiple exposures to the allergen. The strongest predictor of developing allergies in the future is having allergic disease now (for example, a child with eczema has increased chance of developing asthma). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Exposure + Genes: One needs both a genetic component and "exposure" to a said allergen to develop an allergy. There is a growing support over the past 20 years, that growing up in an environment which is "too clean" can also lead to development of allergies down the road. Either way, allergies are on the rise. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Two main ways: Allergy testing can be done either through skin testing checking for sensitivities, or by doing a blood test checking for antibodies. There can be advantages and disadvantages to both. Best to discuss this with your doctor for your specific situation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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