Allergies can cause a wide range of reactions that can vary from child to child. This chart lists some of the most common allergy symptoms.

If your child has asthma symptoms (see list below), it’s important to ask your GP for an allergy test, especially if they already suffer from asthma. Allergy testing can put your mind at rest or better equip you for managing your child’s asthma while knowing their allergic triggers. Your GP may either request a blood test or skin prick test. If your GP recommends a skin prick test, it should be performed by a trained healthcare professional in an environment where any adverse reactions, can be managed appropriately, such as a hospital or a specialist unit.

The sooner you are able to have an allergy test, at your GP’s recommendation, then the chance of an emergency admissions for a severe allergic reaction should be reduced. Similarly, if suspicions of food allergy are raised from milder attacks and testing is carried out, a severe attack may be avoided.

Read about getting an allergy test.

  • Breathless
  • Wheeze
  • Coughing
  • Tight chest
  • Attacks triggered by exercise
  • Attacks triggered by allergen
  • Attacks triggered by infection
  • Dry skin
  • Itchy skin
  • Red skin
  • Broken or cracked skin
  • Commonly appears in patches
Hayfever or CBN chronic blocked nose (allergic rhinitis) (NHSHF, NHSAR)
  • Cold-like symptoms
  • Sneezing
  • Blocked nose
  • Runny nose
  • Itching in nose
  • Itchy eyes
Food allergy (NHSFA)
  • Raised, red, itchy skin rash
  • Swelling of the face
  • Swelling around the eyes, lips, tongue
  • Feeling of narrowing in throat
  • Change in voice (croaky or hoarse)
  • Feeling dizzy
  • Feeling/being sick
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhoea
  • Cold-like symptoms
  • Redness and irritation of the eyes
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath


(NHSAS) NHS Conditions – Asthma updated November 2013. Available here last accessed November 2015.
(NHSAE) NHS Conditions – Atopic Eczema updated November 2014. Available here last accessed November 2016.
(NHSAR) NHS Conditions – Allergic Rhinitis updated August 2013. Available here—allergic/Pages/Introduction.aspx last accessed August 2015.
(NHSFA) NHS Conditions – Food Allergy updated April 2014. Available here last accessed April 2016.

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