Test allergy children for triggers, study urges

All children should undergo allergy testing to spot potential triggers, researchers urged after a study found there are no overt clinical features that could distinguish those at risk.

Tobacco exposure: no difference between children with allergic and non-allergic asthma
Tobacco exposure: no difference between children with allergic and non-allergic asthma

Researchers attempted to elucidate clinical characteristics that could be used to distinguish between allergic and non-allergic asthma in children.

They examined the medical records of 321 children with asthma who had undergone skin testing for allergens.

The study found there was no difference between those with allergic and non-allergic asthma with regards to family history, home tobacco smoke exposure, age of asthma onset, gender, rate of obesity or asthma severity.

As such, authors said all asthmatic children should undergo allergy testing to identify those at risk of allergic reactions and avoid unnecessary environmental interventions in non-allergic patients.

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