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When do you need to see an allergist if you have eczema?

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If you have eczema, eating -- or just touching -- certain foods can make your skin flare up. This is most common with young children. Kids younger than 5 who have eczema should get tested for allergies to foods like eggs, milk, peanuts, wheat, and soy. No matter what your age, you should see an allergist if you have a reaction to foods.

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Eczema in Children," "Testing Standards."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Dust Mite Allergy," "Mold Allergy," "Pollen Allergy."

Flohr, C. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2014.

McLean, W.H. F1000 Reports Medicine, January 2011.

National Eczema Association: "Causes & Triggers," "What About Food Allergies?" "What About Other Allergies?"

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Pollen Allergy."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 14, 2020

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology: "Eczema in Children," "Testing Standards."

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: "Dust Mite Allergy," "Mold Allergy," "Pollen Allergy."

Flohr, C. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, February 2014.

McLean, W.H. F1000 Reports Medicine, January 2011.

National Eczema Association: "Causes & Triggers," "What About Food Allergies?" "What About Other Allergies?"

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Pollen Allergy."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 14, 2020

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