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Table 1 Pros and cons of executing skin prick test for food allergens in children affected by atopic eczema

From: Skin prick test to foods in childhood atopic eczema: pros and cons

Pros of executing SPT Cons of executing SPT
• Identification of triggers of flare • Lack of standardized skin prick test technique
• Diagnosis of associated clinical hypersensitivity reactions to foods • Dietary restrictions based only on SPT results leading to:
 - loss of tolerance
• Prediction of reaction at first ingestion of egg and peanuts  - nutritional problems
• Younger children • Mild disease
• Moderate-to-severe disease • Not specific for the diagnosis of AE
• Recognition of children at risk for respiratory atopic diseases • Increase health cost