Allergist recommendations??

Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2004 - 4:51am
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Just returned home from first allergy testing. It was very enlightening (in a negative way). My ds tested a 4+ for peanut and egg. We knew about the peanut but not the egg!!!! Everything he eats has egg in it with no reaction. I'm confused! Allergist said to continue to give him things with egg in it but to avoid straight eggs. She said he hasn't had any problems and no eczema so it's okay. Was this good advice??

He also tested 2+ for milk, and again drinks several cups a day without incident. Again, she said to continue use if no reaction. He tested positive for several other things as well. 4+ for grass and trees, 2+ for dogs, dust mites and some tree nuts, 1+ for wheat,
soybean and sesame.

Me dd was tested for peanut only and was rated a 1+. Dr. says she's not too concerned with her.

Has anyone else been told to give there child milk or eggs if they've tested possitive or do I need to find a new Dr.?

Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2004 - 5:19am
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That's what I've heard from allergists. The only conclusive way to diagnose an allergy is with a reaction to the food...if you can eat it with no reaction, then practically speaking, you aren't allergic, regardless of what the test says. It's the same the other way around...if you react to something, it doesn't matter if the test is negative, you are allergic.
My daughter was allergic to eggs until age 2...she could eat them in baked goods, just not straight.
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Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2004 - 5:19am
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My understanding was that these numbers you were given (if I am correct in assuming they are RAST scores) are indicators not of the severity of an allergy but the likelyhood of the allergy. My son tested with a 2 for egg, soybean, and banana as well as milk and peanuts. We already knew he was allergic to milk and peanuts but the others came as a surprise. My allergists suggestion was to avoid all these foods for a while and then introduce the ones we had never before thought he was allergic to. We did this and he now eats egg and bananas. When we reintroduced soy his eczema got worse so we removed this from his diet again. He did not suggest ofcourse that we reintroduce peanut or milk because we had seen an obvious reaction to these. Others I have spoken to were told to continue feeding foods that the child never reacted to. These tests have alot of false positives especially in young children.
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Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2004 - 5:34am
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I forgot to mention his tests were skin pricks on the back (34 of them!)
Also, I had a typo in my orginal post...I used the wrong form of there (their). Most of you don't care I'm sure, but I'm a teacher and was horrified when I saw it!

Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2004 - 5:49am
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Dr. just called. Looking over a detailed list of reactions I provided, she noticed 2 occassions where he mildly reacted to food where peanuts were not involved. She said this could've been the egg. Now she says avoid the things that have egg that he reacts to but keep giving him whatever he doesn't react to.
When I asked about growing out of it, she said avoid all egg if I want him to grow out of it.
Now, I'm more confused than ever!!! Do I continue to give him egg products that cause no reaction or avoid it to get him to grow out of it? I guess avoidance would be best..right? Any opinions?? Thanks!!

Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2004 - 7:10am
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Just to comment that my son's skin test returned a lot of false positives to foods. We knew he was allergic to PN because of a reaction but he also tested positive to wheat, soy, eggs, and shrimp. I questioned the allergist also since he has eaten wheat, soy, and eggs with no apparent reaction. His RAST tests only showed PN and a little abnormal on eggs. All others were negative.
He has eggs now, but only baked in things. I never noticed a visible reaction, but he only ate them a few times and didn't seem to like them. Don't know if this was because he was a picky toddler or they made him feel bad. He does have mild eczema and I've gone batty trying to determine the cause of it - eliminating this and that. My daughter also had eczema as a child, but luckily has outgrown it and has no FA.

Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2004 - 9:04am
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Gosh, I am so confused too. I am also new to this. DS (14-months old) tested postive (4) for PA and egg (although the egg was more like a 3, I think). The allergist also told me to avoid anything with eggs in it. Sam has had a TON of stuff with eggs all the time with absolutely no reaction at all. Up to this point, I know he has had stuff with eggs nearly everyday.
We go back in three week so I am going to ask again then. I am so confused!!!

Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2004 - 9:33am
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Just my opinion but if you think that there is a possibility he is allergic to egg I would avoid it all together.. at least for a while.
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Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2004 - 9:56am
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Thanks for all of the responses. I just gave ds frozen pancakes, which contain milk, eggs...and no reaction. Again, I just think he has an egg allergy.
Sam's mom- keep us posted on your appt. next week. I'll be interested to hear what your doctor says.

Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2004 - 11:30am
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Sorry that should have said, I don't think he has an egg allergy.
Could this have been a false positive? Has anyone suspected a false positive on a skin prick test?

Posted on: Wed, 10/20/2004 - 1:34pm
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Skosis, did he do 34 pricks all at once? Or did he do it over the course of 3 or 4 different appointments? Our allergist said that you can only do 8 at a time in small children because if the pricks are too close together one can get residue from the one next to it, and can cause a false positive. What do you think? You did not say how old your child is, but I am guessing fairly young? I am wondering if you got false positives because there was not enough space between the different pricks. By the way, my daughter was allergic to egg and we were told to avoid all egg in any form. Same with milk. However she had had reactions to both.

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