YES-IT\'S POSSIBLE TO OUTGROW A PEANUT ALLERGY

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By STACIE on Thu, 02-14-02, 21:23

2 YEARS AGO MY THEN 2 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER HAD A RACTION TO EATING PEANUT BUTTER. TO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT WE HAD HER RE-TESTED 6 MONTHS AGO(SKIN PRICK) AND SHE AGAIN TESTED POSITIVE BUT THE M.D SAID THERE STILL WAS A POSSIBILITY SHE OUTGREW IT. WE SCHEDULED A FOOD CHALLLENGE AND YUP, YOU GOT IT , NO REACTION AT ALL AFTER EATING PEANUT BUTTER FOR 6 HOURS. OF COURSE THIS WAS A VERY CONTROLLED ATMOSPHERE(IN THE HOSPITAL), THEY STARTED WITH A 1/16 OF A TEASPOON AND PROGRESSED TO 2 TEASPOONS. WE'RE REALLY GLAD WE TOOK THE CHANCE AND TRUSTED IN THE DOCTORS TO GO AHEAD WITH THIS....AS FUNNY AS IT SOUND A FEEL SUCH A SENCE OF FREEDOM FOR MY DAUGHTER....

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By cammie caver on Fri, 02-15-02, 20:20

I am so happy for you and your child!!!

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By Mommy on Fri, 02-22-02, 02:29

I am so happy for you both. Congratulations!
I am curious to know how come you decided to go ahead with a food challenge when the skin prick was positive? Was it because the skin prick did not "show" very much?

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By STACIE on Tue, 02-26-02, 21:16

THE SKIN PRICK TESTED AROUND A 3. I'M NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT THAT MEANS BUT IT WAS LESS THAN HER ORIGINAL TEST 2 YEARS AGO. ALSO, MY PEDIATRICIAN REFERRED US TO CHILDRENS HOSPITAL BECAUSE HE LIKES THEI APPROACH TO ALLERGIES. THAT'S WHERE HE TOLD ME ABOUT THE FOOD CHALLENGE. THE SPECIALIST TOLD ME THAT EVEN THOUGH SHE TESTED POSITIVE ON THE SKIN PRICK TEST THAT 50% OF KIDS THAT TEST POSITIVE ON THAT TEST ACTUALLY ARE NOT ALLERGIC AT ALL. CRAZY!!!

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By Lam on Tue, 02-26-02, 22:23

STACIE,

Such great news for your family!! Yeah!!

Tammy

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By Austins mom on Wed, 02-27-02, 02:22

Dont count your chickens yet! A food allergy can reoccur at any time and can sometimes be worse than before. Peanut allergy is the one you surely dont want to mess around with. Good Luck!

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By Austins mom on Wed, 02-27-02, 02:24

Dont count your chickens yet! A food allergy can reoccur at any time and can sometimes be worse than before. Peanut allergy is the one you surely dont want to mess around with. Good Luck!

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By STACIE on Thu, 03-07-02, 20:32

THAT'S VERY INTERESTING TO HEAR BECAUSE THE SPECIALIST SAID THAT WOULD NOT BE THE CASE. HE TOLD ME I COULD THROW AWAY THE EPI-PEN(ALTHOUGH I HAVEN'T)SHE IS NO LONGER ALLERGIC. I'M GOING TO HAVE TO DO SOME RESSEARCH ON THAT. THANKS

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By smack on Thu, 03-07-02, 20:59

Stacie,

I'm glad your still reading even though your daughter passed the Food challenge.

This is a little dear to my heart as I am going to go a head with the Food Challenge with my son. My mind changes daily it seems, but I'm hoping to start with smell, then if he doesn't react to that, touch, if he doesn't react to that, then a little on the lip, if he doesn't react to that, a tiny amount in some pudding etc etc.

If I'm allowing my son to be challenged I'm going to have some say.

Austin's moms comment is totally warranted though, I think for those parents that have had children go through a anaphylactic episode, it's more scary to even contemplate.

Stacie, has your child ate any peanut, or peanut butter since this challenge? Please keep us updated.

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By STACIE on Thu, 03-14-02, 21:10

SMACK - I'M VERY EXCITED FOR YOU THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERING THE FOOD CHALLENGE. IT WAS THE BEST THING THAT I COULD HAVE DONE FOR MY DAUGHTER. I REALLY TRUSTED THE DOCTORS THAT WERE RUNNING THE TEST AND THEY ASSURED ME THAT THEY WOULD NOT EVEN HAVE CONSIDERED HER A CANDIDATE FOR THIS IF SHE HAD ANY REACTIONS IN THE PAST 2 YEARS. THE WAY I UNDERSTAND IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO POSSIBLY OUTGROW THIS ALLERGY IS FROM STRICT AVOIDENCE. WELL ANYWAY - TALK TO YOUR DOCTORS. MOLLY DOES NOT LIKE PEANUT BUTTER BUT HAS EATEN PRODUCTS CONTAINING NUTS AND FOODS PROCESSED IN A FACILITY MANUFACTURING PEANUT PRODUCTS. AND GUESS WHAT....NO REACTION AT ALL...WHEN ARE YOU SCHEDULED FOR THE CHALLENGE? MY DOCTOR WOULD NOT LET HER HAVE ANYTHING IN HER STOMACH FOR 12 HOURS BEFORE THE TEST AND HAD TO EAT THE PEANUT BUTTER STRAIGHT UP UNTIL THE VERY LAST TEST. THEY DIDN'T WANT ANYTHING IN HER SYSTEM TO OBSORB THE PEANUTS...GOOD LUCK.

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By aztec765 on Tue, 04-02-02, 03:26

Stacie, a student of mine who had been PA as a child had a challenge test 2 years ago and was told that he was no longer PA. They threw away all the epi pens and I think that he even occasionally ate peanut products. A few weeks ago, he was on vacation with his family and ate a peanut - wound up the ER with a reaction. His allergist said that he has seen children with reoccurences 4 times this year. He also said that he would never tell anyone that they are no longer peanut allergic again.

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By smack on Tue, 04-02-02, 03:54

aztec765,

Actually if your reading this post still Stacie I have since changed my mind yet AGAIN...and am not going through with the Challenge even for smell. It's to risky with him still testing positive with a moderate high score on the Cap Rast and his past reactions.
I have a feeling he would react so if in the future he ever scores negative to a Cap Rast and scratch test then and only then would I even consider it now.

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By aztec765 on Tue, 04-02-02, 18:41

Smack, the student I am referring to had the challenge because his CAP RAST had decreased to a point where they felt it was safe to test him. He had the challenge and showed no reaction to the peanut butter - by the way, it was a double blind challenge that was done. But, he had a reaction to the peanuts again 2 years later. I don't think that you can consider someone as having outgrown the allergy judging from this. In addition, the allergist said that he has had 4 patients this year exhibit a reaction after being told they were no longer PA.

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By smack on Tue, 04-02-02, 20:42

aztec765,

Maybe the allergists who just frown upon tests and challenges are on to something. The ones who say," allergic is allergic and this is not readily outgrown."
Don't count your chickens until they hatched?

I would like the allergist who has had 4 people who supposedly outgrown this allergy and show reactions now to write a report and follow-up on this, let us know. I would like some more research done on the 20% that supposedly outgrow this allergy.

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By Corvallis Mom on Tue, 04-02-02, 23:33

This is precisely what we've been wondering what with reintroducing some former allergens to our dd... have there ever been any longitudinal studies of people with food allergies?
Ideally, of course, such a study would include both those who outgrew and those who didn't... but even just those who "outgrew" an allergy and the rate of recurrence would be pretty useful. Ahh.... wishes. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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By STACIE on Thu, 04-04-02, 20:31

WOW! I'M REALLY SURPRISED TO HEAR THE STORY ABOUT THE REOCCURANCE. SO FAR WE HAVE BEEN FINE. MY DAUGHTER HAS NOT EATEN PEANUTS SINCE THE DAY OF THE FOOD CHALLENGE BUT HAS EATEN FOODS MANUFACTURED ON PEANUT LINES. ALTHOUGH I AM SURPRISED TO HEAR THE STORY I HAVE HELD ON TO ALL OF THE EPIPENS (ONE IN THE CAR,PRESCHOOL, HOUSE AND PURSE). I AM STILL VERY GLAD THAT WE DID THE CHALLENGE BECAUSE EVEN THOUGH MY DAUGHTER DOESN'T EAT PEANUTS/PEANUT BUTTER IT HAS OPENED UP MANY OPORTUNITIES FOR HER.

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By STACIE on Thu, 04-18-02, 19:43

WELL - WE PASSED ANOTHER TEST! MY DAUGHTER IS TAKING A COOKING CLASS AND SHE HANDLED PEANUT BUTTER FOR A RECIPE THEY WERE MAKING AND SHE WAS JUST FINE...YA' SO FAR SO GOOD.

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By BONNY on Sat, 04-20-02, 13:55

Stacie

Congratulations! I was just wondering , how many reactions there were? If you did a Rast test? My son has Asthma and PA, but I still have some hope. albiet small, that one day ,we too, could be in your shoes, what wonderful ,news!

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By STACIE on Mon, 04-22-02, 19:37

BONNY - MY DAUGHTER ONLY HAD ONE REACTION TO PEANUT BUTTER WHEN SHE WAS JUST UNDER 2. (IT WAS THE 1ST AND LAST EXPOSURE TO PEANUT BUTTER UP UNTIL THE FOOD CHALLENGE). WE AVOIDED PEANUTS,PEANUT BUTTER AND ANYTHING MANUFACTURED ON A PEANUT LINE LIKE THE PLAGUE. WE WERE VERY CAREFUL TO NEVER MAKE A MISTAKE.

THE ONLY TESTS THAT WE EVER DID WERE SKIN PRICK TESTS TO CONFIRM THE DOCTORS DIAGNOSIS WHEN WE RUSHED HER IN AFTER SHE ATE THE PEANUT BUTTER. TO HIM IT WAS CLEAR BUT I WANTED MORE PROOF. ABOUT 3 MONTHS OR SO BEFORE WE DID THE FOOD CHALLENGE WE DID ANOTHER SKIN PRICK TEST AND THAT AGAIN CAME BACK POSITIVE BUT THE DOCTOR SAID THAT 50% OF THOSE TESTS CAN GIVE FALSE RESULTS..HENCE THE FOOD CHALLENGE.

IT WAS THE BEST THING I EVER DID FOR MY DAUGHTER!

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By triciaGA on Tue, 05-14-02, 03:16

I pray that my twins will outgrow this. I can't imagine that they could ever bring themselves to eat it though - just the smell to them is very unappealling. I am going to have them retested with a caprast this summer and am hoping that if it has gone down that maybe we won't have to be quite so paranoid with food. I am thrilled for the kids who have outgrown though - it is a weight for me as a mom to live with this - it's many times worse for these kids.

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By smack on Sat, 07-20-02, 17:33

Bringing this up to the top for a poster to read.

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By k9ruby on Mon, 04-12-04, 11:02

raising.

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By hopeful mom on Mon, 07-18-11, 04:53

I know I'm posting a few years late : )
My son - now 6, who ate peanuts up to the point of his allergy test at 3 yrs (without reaction) - tested a 3+ on his skin prick test - but low on his rast - when we returned to the allergist at 4 yrs to re-test, he showed no hive to peanut and passed a food challenge. We have been told to make sure he eats peanuts at least once a month (which is difficult to do as he hates the taste) but that's supposed to help with their chances in avoiding becoming sensitive to peanut again. However, at his last allergy test he now shows a hive to some tree nuts - hazelnut being one of them and he eats nutella pretty much every morning... go figure. Food allergies are NOT the end of the world. I was sickened by the stress of having a food allergic child and now I have 2 food allergic children and just roll with it - They live a full life and the only thing that scares me is them entering their teen years and travel to exotic destinations... : )

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