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Suggest tests to diagnose skin disease in children

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Posted on Fri, 18 Jul 2014
Question: what type of blood test would you recommend for a chronic skin disease for children 6-15 years old?
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Answered by Dr. Arun (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Ig E elisa and food allergy specific IgE

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for writing to health care magic.
For chronic skin disease, it is better to rule out allergic issues . I would recommend Total IgE along with food allergen specific IgE .
This would give some clue to avoid the offending allergens.
Also get thyroid profile tested too.
Regards

Dr Arun
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Arun (1 hour later)
Hi Dr XXXXXXX
Thank you for your quick response to my question. However, I have reviewed thyroid symptoms and believe this is not the case. I will look into allergies testing even though I also believe it is not. This is a situation where three siblings are having the same symptoms and I am wondering how 3 kids can have same allergies. In addition, it is an ongoing condition no matter where they are or what they have eaten. The only thing that I have noticed is that the heat seems to make it worse. Is there any type of blood test that look into blood cells' health? Or can blood cells damage cause a skin condition?
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Answered by Dr. Arun (56 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
complete blood count

Detailed Answer:
Complete blood count will give you the total blood picture.
Few blood cell disorders like eosinophilia can be related to chronic skin disase.


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Suggest tests to diagnose skin disease in children

Brief Answer: Ig E elisa and food allergy specific IgE Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to health care magic. For chronic skin disease, it is better to rule out allergic issues . I would recommend Total IgE along with food allergen specific IgE . This would give some clue to avoid the offending allergens. Also get thyroid profile tested too. Regards Dr Arun