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negative skin and blood test... on to oral challenge?
I have not been on this board for a very long time. I have been reading a lot of the threads this week to catch up a bit.
To give you a little history to those who do not know (or remember) me. My son had his first and only reaction when he turned one. We served peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at his one year birthday party and he had a reaction. His reaction was not severe but resulted in large white welts all over his neck and two on his face. We gave him benydryl which stopped the reaction. Since then we have been very careful to avoid peanuts and have been extremely lucky with no other reactions. His original blood test was 5.46 (class III) and had a positive skin test when it was done at a later age.
When my son was re-tested 1 1/2 years ago, his skin test was negative so it was repeated immediately and came out positive. I questioned the results and then had a blood test done which came back at the "lowest level detectable" (whatever that means). A few months ago my son asked me if he could be re-tested to see if he is still allergic. He just turned 6 a week ago. I made an appointment with the allergist which was today. Last week at his check up, our pediatrician did a blood test which came back negative. Today we had a skin test which also came out negative. We are now faced with the decision of whether we should do an oral challenge. The doctor said we could continue how we have and assume he is still allergic and wait to test him when he is a bit older (even though we know the test results) or do the challenge. The allergist told us that the challenge would be very safe for us since both tests were negative.
Has anyone had a challenge after having both the skin test and blood test be negative? What was your experience? For those who have passed the oral challenge, does your child eat peanuts now? Has anyone's PA come back? I do believe that my son has outgrown the allergy and I'd love to be able to give him "may contain" foods and not worry about birthday parties and things like that. It's just that I'm not sure I could actually give him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I asked my son this morning if he would want a PB&J sandwich if he was no longer PA. I expected his answer to be a definite no but his response was, "well, I'd have to try it".
Any experiences to share would be appreciated.