Has my child got asthma?

23) During the test

Skin prick test showing reactions

Skin prick test showing reactions

The skin around the solutions may become itchy. It is important not to scratch. Reassure your child that the itching will only be temporary.

They may become red and swollen. This is inflammation.

There may be a raised bump called a wheal which is very like a nettle sting.

Once the test is over and measurement of any wheal’s have been taken, the area is washed dried and some antihistamine cream is applied to help calm the inflammation.

A dressing may be put on to allow the cream to soak into the skin and not be rubbed off.

You can remove the child’s dressings after 15-30 minutes.

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