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When should I get my child tested for allergy?

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Does your kid get a runny nose during pollen season or hives after eating certain foods? It could be time for allergy testing.

Your child's doctor may first tell you to try allergy medicine, but they may suggest seeing an allergist if it doesn't work and your kid has any of these problems:

  • Cold-like symptoms that last more than a week and happen at the same time each year
  • Asthma
  • Hives or skin rashes
  • Coughing or wheezing, especially at night

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Allergy Testing for Children."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Allergy Testing," "Allergy Testing in Children and Infants."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 31, 2018

SOURCES:

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Allergy Testing for Children."

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Allergy Testing," "Allergy Testing in Children and Infants."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on October 31, 2018

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