New to PA - Son just diagnosed
Hello Everyone, my 22 month old son was just diagnosed with a peanut allergy due to a reaction/ER visit (hives, facial swelling, tugging on his lips and yelling "my mouth") and subsequent positive blood test. Pediatrician told us that his blood test categorized him as a Class 4 peanut allergy (hope I'm getting the terminology correct) and prescribed an Epipen.
My husband and I are completely new to the world of food allergies, and I was hoping you could help answer I few questions/provide us with advice. Do you recommend seeing an allergist versus just his regular pediatrician? If he has never had a reaction to other foods, would you recommend getting a scratch test for any other potential food allergies. He does have eczema.
Also, the doctor said to avoid peanuts and tree nuts. The thing is, he has had almond butter dozens of times without a reaction. He tried a tiny bite of peanut butter and instantly started reacting. Would you all recommend that we avoid almond products as well?
Thanks in advance for all your help.