20% Outgrow PA? Where are all the miracle stories?

Posted on: Sat, 07/31/2004 - 1:11am
dgood's picture
Joined: 03/27/2004 - 09:00

If this is actually true, don't you think we'd be reading happy stories on this board more often? I think I may have run across one story a while back. I want to stay positive but makes you wonder!!

Posted on: Sat, 07/31/2004 - 6:47am
MommaBear's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Quote:Originally posted by dgood:
[b]If this is actually true, don't you think we'd be reading happy stories on this board more often? I think I may have run across one story a while back. I want to stay positive but makes you wonder!![/b]
This is just what my husband states, it is absolutely not intended as advice in any manner or form.
My husband told me when he was a child and young adult he would to get respiratory difficulty, wheezing, hives, and itching when he consumed anything with peanuts.
He now states he no longer does and on occasion consumes the same.
He is 35.
Every once in a while, I notice a few big hives on him. Don't know why they are there, they just appear.
He also has severe seasonal allergies, Rhinitis, and has a tendency towards respiratory illnesses.
Other than that he appears to be a hearty hulk of a man.
We have am older son with a diagnosis of PA/Nuts, Asthma, Environmental and Seasonal Allergies, Excema, Rhinitis, and history of anaphylactic reactions. He has had pneumonia several times.
We have a younger son with an incomplete diagnosis of PA, a history of Asthma, Environmental and Seasonal Allergies, Excema, Rhinitis, and occasionally, and unexplained rash.
I don't count on either of them "growing out" of anything. But, it would be nice. Don't know what criteria would determine it occuring, though.

Posted on: Sat, 07/31/2004 - 7:03am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Most people here don't have children that have a chance of outgrowing the allergy. That's why there are few "success" stories here, although I've seen more than a couple.
If you get a full blown ana. reaction, that's it, you won't outgrow. Those who outgrow have mild cases to start with. At least that's what I remember from the medical report about this.
And of those who outgrow, there's a 20% risk of the allergy coming back. Constant (weekly) exposure to peanuts keeps the allergy at bay, it would seem.
There's a lot we still don't know about how to deal with allergies.

Posted on: Sat, 07/31/2004 - 1:20pm
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

DS, DD and I were all PA. DD outgrew it. I believe that most people who have a chance of outgrowing it are NOT severely allergic and therefore have no need to seek out a support group such as this one.

Posted on: Mon, 08/02/2004 - 7:50am
LI-LIAN's picture
Joined: 05/11/2002 - 09:00

Yes it does happen. My friend's son who was pa outgrew his allergy. Had his first reaction as a toddler, they rushed him to hospital and since then (after going to the allergist to confirm it) have been carrying an epipen and stayed away from may contains etc...just a few months ago (he turned 2.5) they tested him again...negative and then they had the challenge and he cleared that and now he's eating peanut butter and everything else. Naturally all of the other moms with pa kids pricked their ears up and thought - it could be me too and we all went to get our kids tested again...No luck. All 3 of us still had pa kids...so I guess her child was the 1 in 5...
It does happen, just not very often.

Posted on: Mon, 08/02/2004 - 10:50am
BaileyB's picture
Joined: 07/13/2004 - 09:00

I wonder if some of those that are said to outgrow a peanut allergy were only diagnosed with a peanut allergy through testing?
My ds is allergic to dairy, eggs, peanuts and bananas. He has had reactions to dairy and bananas through direct consumption of them. He tested extremely high to eggs and a slight positive to peanut, so we avoid. He may have reacted to both through breastmilk but I didn't know enough about allergies when he was having reactions as an infant.
I wonder if he eventually tests negative to peanut and is able to safely consume it, would he be considered one of those who out grew a peanut allergy?

Posted on: Tue, 08/03/2004 - 9:27pm
gerilynn's picture
Joined: 09/17/2003 - 09:00

Not to bring it down, but we just found out last week that barring any medical miracles, our daughter will NEVER ooutgrow her allergy. Her numbers jumped from a 5-57 in two years. Our doctor said not to be concerned witht he number itslef, but it shows that this will be a lifelong allergy! At least we were told this from the beginning!

Posted on: Wed, 08/04/2004 - 3:21am
njm's picture
Joined: 03/16/2003 - 09:00

Not to get anyone's hopes up but I was told by Dr. Wood (who was involved in the study that says 20% outgrow) that even those who've had an anaphylactic reaction could potentially outgrow. The major indicator is the RAST score. Those with a score of 10 or less are most likely to outgrow.
DS' first and only known reaction was ana. His RAST score last year was 24.7. Last month his RAST was 14.7. Although, given the RAST scores, it's unlikely DS will outgrow PA, Dr. Wood says not to give up hope yet.

Posted on: Mon, 08/09/2004 - 5:32am
deegann's picture
Joined: 07/27/2003 - 09:00

[This message has been edited by deegann (edited August 26, 2004).]

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