Has my child got asthma?

20) Does my child have an allergy?

Not all children who have asthma have an allergy.

      If your child has an obvious trigger for their asthma. For example if exposed to cat fur your child starts to wheeze there is an obvious reaction.

        No further allergy testing maybe necessary.
  • It’s not always useful.
  • It’s not always needed.

Another test for allergies is the skin prick test. Why may my child need a skin prick test? If your asthma team don’t know what your child’s triggers are, they may refer your child for skin prick testing.

If you child does need a skin prick test you may be asked to:

  • Avoid contact with the suspected cause of the allergy before the test.
  • Avoid using perfumed soap or other skin moisturisers on your child’s arm before the test.
  • If your child is taking an antihistamine you will be asked to stop this 24 to 48 hours before the test.