Peanut Allergy - I didn't know about it!

Posted on: Tue, 03/24/2015 - 6:32am
mkj's picture
Joined: 03/24/2015 - 13:16

I recently went to see an allergist to rule-in or rule-out shellfish(crab) allergies. The allergist ended up doing a panel of food allergies and I came up positive for peanuts and clams.
Both of which, I do not currently have any reaction to; at least that I am aware of. Has anyone else had a similar positive test without symptoms? Or later on develop
symptoms? I have been asked to do an elimination diet and then slowly add peanuts and clams back in and see if I have any reaction.

Thanks for the insight.

Posted on: Sat, 03/28/2015 - 9:14pm
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

I would follow what your allergist tells you to do. Sounds like you have a false positive. My son had false positive to tomato. He said if he is currently eating tomatoes and has had no problems.... don't stop eating it. I recently went to a lecture at an allergy support group that it trying to address this problem. It is my understanding that allergists are now leaning away from panel testing without a clinical reaction. (actually eating the food and having a reaction to it) I have since read a few articles about it, and there is some evidence to support this approach. While it is possible to develop an allergy after eating something that you have always eaten I wouldn't stop eating it just because a test came back positive. But I would speak to your allergist and follow his advice.

Posted on: Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:30am
tweeter1126's picture
Joined: 11/17/2014 - 11:06

I had the opposite. My allergist told me that my allergies were gone and I spent an hour and a half with the ambulance because I ate some cookies that had ground almonds in them. Needless to say I am not going back to that allergist.
I would suggest making sure that you try them out within a controlled environment like the doctors office so that you have immediate help if needed.

Posted on: Tue, 03/31/2015 - 7:01am
MicheleB's picture
Joined: 02/06/2013 - 05:22

I can't tell from your post if you did this already or not... But your allergist should do both a skin & blood test. With both of those results he/she should be able to tell if you are allergic. It is hard to tell for sure with only one of those tests. The next step should be to eat those items - in the office. Good luck!

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