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

ST ILLUSTRATION: MIEL

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