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Allergic disease may undergo dynamic changes over time, and the term "Allergy March" is often used to describe this characteristic disease progression. Because allergies change over time, many people will outgrow allergies they’ve had and develop new ones. The allergy march, also called the allergic march or atopic march, is a specific way that allergy symptoms often progress in children.1
Allergic eczema is often the first step of the allergy march.2 And about 1 in every 3 children with eczema develops asthma later in childhood.3
Children tend to outgrow their allergies as they go along the allergy march:
If you can identify what your children are allergic to along the way, you can help minimize their symptoms. (And it can help improve quality of life, too: Children suffering from eczema, and their parents, can lose up to 2 hours of sleep per night.9 So, how do you know if their symptoms are caused by one or a combination of multiple allergic triggers? If you think your child has allergies, a simple blood test can help their healthcare professional identify their underlying allergic triggers.
Knowing what’s causing their symptoms can help you both get relief.
Anything from pollen to mold to animals to food can trigger an allergic reaction in someone who has allergies to these triggers. And while some people may outgrow their current allergies, new ones could also spring up at any time.10
Certain substances are frequently responsible for allergic reactions and some of the most common include: