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Allergy Asthma Respir Dis. 2018 Sep;6(5):237-240. Korean.
Published online September 28, 2018.  https://doi.org/10.4168/aard.2018.6.5.237
© 2018 The Korean Academy of Pediatric Allergy and Respiratory Disease; The Korean Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Proper allergen selection for serum specific IgE test in children
Yong Ju Lee,1 Hyeon-Jong Yang,2 Jong-Seo Yoon,3 Man-Yong Han,4 Chang Keun Kim,5 Jin Tack Kim,3 and the Korean Academy of Pediatric Allergy and Respiratory Disease Research Executive Committee
1Department of Pedaitrics, Hallym University Kangnam Sacred Heart Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Pediatrics, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
3Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, The Catholic University, Seoul, Korea.
4Department of Pediatrics, CHA Bundang Medical Center, CHA University School of Medicine, Bundang, Korea.
5Department of Pediatircs, Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea.

Correspondence to: Chang-Keun Kim. Asthma and Allergy Center, Department of Pediatrics, Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital, 1342 Dongil-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul 01757, Korea. Tel: +82-2-950-8832, Fax: +82-2-950-1662, Email: kimck@paik.ac.kr
Received February 26, 2018; Revised April 08, 2018; Accepted April 20, 2018.

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).


Abstract

Identifying allergic sensitization is important for the proper diagnosis and management of allergic diseases. Skin prick testing and measuring serum specific IgE antibodies are standard tests to confirm allergic sensitization. Skin prick testing has many advantages, but it is difficult to perform on young children. Serum specific IgE can be easily performed on young children, but it can be performed only up to 12 antigens in patients younger than 6 years due to insurance coverage. Therefore, it is important to select appropriate antigens for the patients. Appropriate allergens may vary depending on the patient's age, accompanying disease, and residential area, so that detailed history taking is essential for proper allergen selection. In this review, we will discuss considerations for selecting appropriate allergens for clinicians when performing an allergy test on difficult-to-test children under 6 years of age.

Keywords: Allergens; Atopic dermatitis; Allergic rhinitis; Asthma

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