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Are skin tests truly accurate??
Are skin prick tests truly accurate?
Now, let me preface this by saying, i may be totally off the wall here and i am just wondering aloud, but, I wonder how many people have actually had a reaction versus just a skin test.
My daughter, now 6 and 1/2, was first skin tested after a very mild reaction (some white dots around her mouth) three years ago. Since then, of course, we have been very careful not to expose her to any nuts or traces. We eat at restaurants often, but never desserts. Thankfully, no reactions that we know of (she has thrown up a few times...but is that a reaction or something else? who knows for sure!).
I wonder, if others like us, have basically had no obvious reactions but skin tested positive. And if there are many like us, then it raises the question of how reliable are these skin tests. Is the incidence of pa rising because of actual reactions or many (possibly false) skin tests?
She is getting retested this month, along with my son (3 1/2 yrs) for first time.
Again, maybe I'm trying to be optimistically hopeful or just nieve, but it does make me wonder sometimes! Any thoughts?