Rashes? The cause may not be an allergy

There could be other causes for the spots on the skin and suspicions of allergy need to be evaluated


Allergies are common but difficult to diagnose. Yet, parents are quick to pinpoint the allergies their children may have. They may then deny their children a drug or a particular food, even though these may benefit the children.

At the National University Hospital's Allergy Clinic, a parent might tell me this: "My child has taken antibiotics before, but this is the first time she has developed a rash from it."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2019, with the headline 'Rashes? The cause may not be an allergy'. Subscribe