Which studies are indicated in the workup of pediatric allergic rhinitis?

Updated: Jun 04, 2021
  • Author: Jack M Becker, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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No laboratory studies are needed in allergic rhinitis if the patient has a straightforward history. When the history is confusing, various studies are helpful, including the following:

  • Skin testing: Highly sensitive and specific for aeroallergens

  • Allergen-specific IgE: Can be helpful if a specific allergen is suspected

  • Serum IgE: An elevated IgE value is suggestive of the diagnosis; not as sensitive as skin-prick testing

  • Nasal smear


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