3yr. old just diagnosed?

Posted on: Tue, 12/04/2001 - 3:59am
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I have a three year old whom was diagnosed before his first birthday with milk, egg and peanut allergy. I am wondering about a friend though. He son will be three in a few weeks and has had chronic sinus infections and ear infections for years. They did a RAST on him and got the results back yesterday. He is a 1066 (level 4) on peanut, as well as testing high on some other foods and their dog. When the office called with the results he happened to be eating a PB&J sandwhich which he has done his whole life with no reactions. So how is it possible for him to have eaten peanuts for these past few years, never had a single reaction and still test so high? Is it a possible false positive? Or have they just been extremely lucky? Anyone heard of this happening? They don't plan to change their lifestyle except to cut out the peanut butter! I tried to tell her a little more, but until they actually talk to the doctor next week, I don't think she will see the seriousness of it. Thanks in advance for the info if you have any for me!
CoCo

Posted on: Tue, 12/04/2001 - 9:40am
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Not everyone has severe reactions to peanuts. This child obviously reacts differently (stuffiness and ear problems which is how a lot of kids react to milk). From what I understand that doesn't mean there will never be a severe reaction.

Posted on: Tue, 12/04/2001 - 8:41pm
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Trace's mom,
My son was 3 when he was diagnosed also. We did not feed him PB&J sandwiches because he hated the taste and would spit it out. He had cross-contaminated food hundreds of times and it never occurred to us that there might be a problem had it not been for chance encounters with two Reese's pieces on two different occasions. I don't know what it is about that candy, but those two incidents produced reactions that made me bring up the subject at his 3-year old physical. His skin test (at 3) was positive and his blood test just recently came back "off the charts." His "chronic asthma" (from 18 mos. to 3 years) seems to have disappeared with elimination of the allergen. He just turned 5 and has been extremely healthy the past two years.
Unfortunately, your friend seems to be hidden under a cloud of ignorance. I, too, was under that cloud for a few weeks until doing research and visiting this site. My fingers are crossed that she will "get it" soon. Good thing she has you as a friend.

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