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Ever had eczema or skin allergy

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For sample persons under age 18, SALLERGYEV indicates if the child ever had eczema or any kind of skin allergy. The inquiry did not require the condition be diagnosed by a doctor or health professional, and definitions of the terms "eczema" and "skin allergy" were not provided in the survey text or Field Representative's Manual and assumed to be respondent-defined.

The question for SALLERGYEV was part of a series of questions on child health conditions in the 1988 Supplement on Child Health.

Related Variables

Along with SALLERGYEV, respondents were asked if the child ever had any of 33 conditions, and respondents could also specify up to three conditions not directly included in the inquiry.

For 1997 forward, the variable SALLERGYR, had skin allergy, past 12 months, is available for all sample children under age 18.


This variable has no comparability issues.


  • 1988: Sample persons under age 18.


  • 1988