What is the role of skin testing 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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Skin testing is used to identify the triggering agent. It has high sensitivity and specificity and is the preferred method of quick allergen identification for aeroallergens.

Skin testing is helpful if the allergens can be eliminated from the patient's environment or if the patient can avoid them. It is extremely helpful when patients are unresponsive to standard therapy or are unwilling to acknowledge the trigger, which is especially true if the family pet is a possible trigger.

Skin testing is required if the patient is interested in allergen immunotherapy.


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