Advice on Questions to Ask Allergist

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2006 - 12:16am
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Hi all,

Our first appointment with a pediatric allergist is tomorrow. Elliott is 14 months old and has had one reaction (that we know of for sure) to peanut butter, with hives. I hate it when I go to an appointment and blank out on information to find from the doctor so is there anything offhand that I might not think of? I want to compile a short list to bring with me. Thanks!

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2006 - 1:40am
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What do you want to find out?
What kind of testing is available?
Stop me, if this goes to far, kwim?
I want to test for peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, etc...
I want to RAST vs SPT because I want 0 exposures.
BTW - Wheres my epi pen jr rx, and explain how to use it.
When do I go in for testing? Yearly? good.
Asthma issues? How do I treat?
Anything else, AFAIK, you ask here [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Good luck!!
Jason
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Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2006 - 1:56am
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Thanks Jason [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
That was on par with what I was expecting to ask. I'm not sure what to think about the skin test vs. Rast. I would like to know if he has other allergies as well. Do I need a skin test for this? Are there big risks with skin testing that I need to be aware of? I wish I were better prepared for this appointment... I've been reading but I still feel somewhat in the dark.
Amy

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2006 - 7:04am
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I'll add to Jason's (excellent) advice by saying that if I know in advance that we want answers to a question that will send Doc to the literature, we drop off a letter a couple days to a week prior to our appointment.
That gives him a fighting chance against the force of 2 PhD researchers. LOL!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Naw, seriously-- consider giving him advance notice for anything out of routine clinical practice.
Have fun!

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2006 - 7:17am
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That's funny, I was in a research field prior to staying home with Elliott. I suppose boards like this attract those of us who want to know as much as possible!
Thanks for the tips, I like the idea of sending questions ahead of time. I'm sure they'll appreciate not being bombarded.
Amy

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2006 - 1:40am
jtolpin's picture
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Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

What do you want to find out?
What kind of testing is available?
Stop me, if this goes to far, kwim?
I want to test for peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, egg, etc...
I want to RAST vs SPT because I want 0 exposures.
BTW - Wheres my epi pen jr rx, and explain how to use it.
When do I go in for testing? Yearly? good.
Asthma issues? How do I treat?
Anything else, AFAIK, you ask here [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Good luck!!
Jason
------------------
[b]* Obsessed * [/b]

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2006 - 1:56am
amyd's picture
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Joined: 09/12/2006 - 09:00

Thanks Jason [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
That was on par with what I was expecting to ask. I'm not sure what to think about the skin test vs. Rast. I would like to know if he has other allergies as well. Do I need a skin test for this? Are there big risks with skin testing that I need to be aware of? I wish I were better prepared for this appointment... I've been reading but I still feel somewhat in the dark.
Amy

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2006 - 7:04am
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

I'll add to Jason's (excellent) advice by saying that if I know in advance that we want answers to a question that will send Doc to the literature, we drop off a letter a couple days to a week prior to our appointment.
That gives him a fighting chance against the force of 2 PhD researchers. LOL!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Naw, seriously-- consider giving him advance notice for anything out of routine clinical practice.
Have fun!

Posted on: Mon, 09/25/2006 - 7:17am
amyd's picture
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Joined: 09/12/2006 - 09:00

That's funny, I was in a research field prior to staying home with Elliott. I suppose boards like this attract those of us who want to know as much as possible!
Thanks for the tips, I like the idea of sending questions ahead of time. I'm sure they'll appreciate not being bombarded.
Amy

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