Help, I'm new!

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By callys.mom on Sun, 07-04-10, 05:43

I have a year old daughter and we found out about 2 months ago that she is allergic to peanut, tree nuts, wheat, egg (whites and yolks), soy and oat. We know she will only have a skin reaction if exposed to wheat, egg, soy and oat because she has ate them before we knew of her allergy. She has never been exposed to nuts of any kind before so her allergenist told us to prepare for anything (epi pens are on hand!) I'm not sure that I understand all of the terminology, but she had both a skin test and blood test. The blood test came back with a number 32 which her dr said was very, very high. What exactly is the number called? And what is a normal number? I should have asked when I was there but I was so overwhelmed with everything...like I said..I'm new to this all. No one else in my family has any allergies at all!

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By Mrsdocrse on Mon, 07-05-10, 13:16

Hi There,
Sorry for the diagnosis. There is a great web site with lots of information: food allergy and annaphilaxis network ( FAAN) you can get a lot of helpful info there. Honestly, I don't remember what the numbers mean. I have conflicting information. some say higher the number the more allergic you are other say it doesn't matter. I have also heard the there isn't a standardized scale that every lab uses that identify the severity of the allergy. That may be a state mandated thing. I would check with your allergist. My son is moderate catagory class 2? If you are allergic you are allergic..... that is my thought.
You mentioned that your child ate egg,wheat, soy before you knew he was allergic? Did your child have a reaction to those foods or just tested positive? My son tested positive to tomato but has always eaten them with out a reaction. My Doc said keep eating it... So I would check back in with your Doctor now that you have had a chance to get used to the idea of living with food allergies. good luck

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By Mrsdocrse on Mon, 07-05-10, 13:16

Hi There,
Sorry for the diagnosis. There is a great web site with lots of information: food allergy and annaphilaxis network ( FAAN) you can get a lot of helpful info there. Honestly, I don't remember what the numbers mean. I have conflicting information. some say higher the number the more allergic you are other say it doesn't matter. I have also heard the there isn't a standardized scale that every lab uses that identify the severity of the allergy. That may be a state mandated thing. I would check with your allergist. My son is moderate catagory class 2? If you are allergic you are allergic..... that is my thought.
You mentioned that your child ate egg,wheat, soy before you knew he was allergic? Did your child have a reaction to those foods or just tested positive? My son tested positive to tomato but has always eaten them with out a reaction. My Doc said keep eating it... So I would check back in with your Doctor now that you have had a chance to get used to the idea of living with food allergies. good luck

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By BestAllergySites on Sat, 07-10-10, 13:43

Just posted a response to you under your other thread. :)

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