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    Default Is there a test to test for allergies?

    Hello all, I'm a little bit close to my wits end..I'm trying to see what causes the eczema and staph on my girls face.

    Is there a test or blood test to see if she's allergic to anything?

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    hi nafsika, my grandson was tested for allergies at 6 months. I responded to your thread a while ago. he was allergic to all dairy and egg. and once my daughter stopped those things in her diet, his face cleared perfectly. now he is 6 yrs old, and he is now also allergic to house dust mite. he has a epi pen, his allergies are very serious. he gets asthma now and not the excema. it is hard to get a doctor to accept allergies as the cause. even a hospital specialist refused to accept that Cameron was ok once V stopped the foods, he tried to say the baby had just grown out of it. good luck , marie

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    So, I can simply go to the dr and get a blood test? Or how else would we find out what she's allergic to?

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    You need to go to the gp and get a referral to an paediatric allergist. They can do skin prick testing where they make a tiny scratch on his skin and put a drop of a suspected allergen on the scratch. Then they can measure the reaction and have the facilities to treat it if it's serious.

    They can do blood tests but they are limited and not reliable so scratch testing is the accepted method as far as i know.

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    I suggest you find a gp that does allergy tests. or find a gp who can refer you to a specialist. I had a blood sample taken and that was tested for the common things. im pretty sure my grandson had skin tests. where they make a small scratch on the skin and put something in to/ on to the scratch. so it is more of a skin prick test. but either way, it was very quick and not painful for my little champ. very accurate, and you will be able to know exactly what the cause is right from the start. he was life threatening allergic, he had the rash on his face after the foods had passed through his mothers breast milk. not given directly to him, or even in touch through his skin. marie.

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    Thank you ladies....how is the scratch test done? What equipment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nafsika View Post
    Thank you ladies....how is the scratch test done? What equipment?
    DS had the scratch test done last year. The nurse drew a grid on his back with each box having a number. She then put a drop of each allergen he was getting tested for on his back. With a needle, she quickly scraped the skin through the drop and measure the reaction at 3 set times. DS wasn't really bothered by it at all.

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    Do I need a referral from a dr or a pediatric can do it? Thank you

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    I have a gp who does the tests, but that is not very common. I had a referral from a gp to a specialist, years ago, and I have also had the blood tested just from a gp's rooms. you might have to ring a few different clinics and just ask what they can do for you. marie

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    Noses carry staph. You can have a swab test at the GP to find out if that's where the bacteria is coming from.


 

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