How do you know if your son has Allergies?

Allergies are something that affect many people of all ages. We usually find out that we are allergic to something at a very young age, and can actually develop allergies due to exposure to certain foods. Things like peanuts for example, if given to a child at too young of an age can cause them to develop an allergy.

The best way to find out if your son has allergies

A skin test

A skin test is used to identify the substances that are causing your allergy symptoms. Basically an allergen is applied to your son's skin, then the skin is scratched or poked to allow exposure and then the results are evaluated. It may also be done by injecting the allergen under the skin, or by applying it to a patch that is worn on the skin for a while.

The poke or scratch test takes about 5-10 minutes overall and is relatively painless. I would plan on staying for about an hour for the overall appointment so plan for that. The reason is waiting for the results, which take about 15 minutes to see how your skin reacts.

Patch tests take longer, as you must wear the patch for about 48 hours to determine if there is a delayed reaction. Unfortunately during this time you can't go swimming or take a bath. Then you have to go back to the doctor to have the results checked and see if he is ok.

When Should I Call My Doctor?

Call your doctor or emergency number immediately if your son experiences any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Lightheadedness
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Extensive rash
  • Swelling of the face, lips or mouth
  • Difficulty swallowing
Now you don't have to ask how do I know if my son has allergies anymore. You can feel confident that you will know what to do and you can prevent any accidents from happening by going to your doctor first.