Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Estelle McDowall | 2012-03-08

Q.

Allergy test for a 4 year old.

I want to have my 4 year old daughter tested for food allergies and was wondering if these can be determined by a skin test or must it be a blood test. She developed severe hayfever about 2 hours after eating a meal which contained a lot of cashew nuts. Could it be a possible nut allergy? She suffers from eczema and was tested for environmental allergies, for which she tested positive to most.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It would be best to do a blood test called the RAST test to find out which tree nuts your daughter is allergic to and peanut as well.It is very important to make a correct diagnosis here.It would be best for your daughter to be seen by a paediatric allergist.

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