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.
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(NHSAR) NHS Conditions – Allergic Rhinitis updated August 2013. Available here http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/rhinitis—allergic/Pages/Introduction.aspx last accessed August 2015.
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