10 mo. & Multiple allergies/ High IgE levels

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2007 - 4:27am
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Hi,
I found out that my 10 mo. old daughter has multiple severe food allergies (after giving her hummus which she had a reaction to), including peanuts, eggs, milk and sesame. Who knows what else as they only tested the ten most common. Anyway, I've been REAL freaked out and on the internet since. O.k. her RAST test results are 11 to peanuts, 21 to milk, 21 to egg. From what I've been reading many allergies are not even a whole number- YIKES! This has me exteremley worried. My questions are...

1.) Is it less likely for her to outgrow the milk and eggs since her score is so high?
2.) What is the normal rate (or the range a number can drop in a year (if I keep her completely away from these foods)? Has anyone else experienced these high numbers?
3.) What is the RAST test scale? Do all Dr.s use the same scale? What score makes a class one, class two or class three allergy and so on?
Please help, any advice is appriciated as I'm getting only more confused from talking to the Dr. - Thank you! - Mindy

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2007 - 11:22am
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Hi and welcome. I have only heard one allergist speak on RAST numbers and I don't know enough to answer your question. My dd has milk, egg, peanut, (we are avoiding tree nuts as she has not been tested yet) rice, and Keflex. We found out when she was 13 months old. She is 3 years old now. Those first couple of months were tough. I cried so much. I then joined a church looking for a little spiritual support and met a minister whose son had wheat, egg, peanut, milk and tree nut allergies. Her son was in school and doing great. I think he was nine. That is when I started thinking I could handle things. I have ups and downs now, but there are a lot of good people here. Maybe you can find that person who makes you think you can handle this.
I am reading Dr. Robert Wood's Food Allergies for Dummies. You might want to check it out at the local library. He is a top allergist and he also has peanut allergies himself.
Also most doctors and allergist will point you to FAAN. They are good for educational resources.
Welcome again.
Cindy

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