Is eczema in infancy associated with later food allergy in childhood?

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Abstract

CASE

A 10-month-old white girl presents with dry, erythematous patches over both cheeks and extensor surfaces of her ankles. You diagnose eczema by simple inspection. She is breastfed and her mother has introduced fruits, vegetables, grains, eggs, yogurts, and peanut butter. Her mother is wondering whether the rash could be from a food allergy. Should further testing be done?

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