Skin Prick Testing- when to plan

Indications for performing a Skin Prick Testing in children

Allergic Rhino-sinusitis/conjunctivitis

  • Seasonal rhinitis/conjunctivitis
    • These children should be tested if not responding to the usual treatment
  • Perennial rhinitis/conjunctivitis
    • All  cases should be tested as the causal allergen is not always immediately apparent
  • Asthma/Recurrent Wheezing
    • All children with persistent asthma
    • 3 episodes of wheezing unrelated to Viral URI’s
  • Urticaria/Angioedema
    • Acute Urticaria: Not indicated. Done if the history is suggestive of a IgE mediated reaction to a food etc. 
    • Chronic Urticaria: NOT INDICATED
  • Anaphylaxis- All cases

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