Allergist said....

Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 6:25am
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Today my 14 year old DD went for skin test. They were negative! She was positive when she was 4 years old.
The allergist said that we do the blood test, if that comes back negative then a challenge test over 3 hours.
If that is negative she wants her to eat peanuts at least once every week. The allergist said to avoid an allergy you need to eat lots of the food. Avoiding it is not the answer.
I thought that if you had a chance of developing an allergy you were better to avoid it??

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Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 7:13am
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I thought that the key was avoidance too! Does he mean once they are not allergic since how can you eat the stuff if you are allergic to it? "Puzzled"

Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 7:26am
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KarenT, I am so thrilled that your dd's skin test was negative!!!!! That is so amazing!!!!! I will be crossing my fingers and toes that her blood test will be negative as well.
I have recently heard that same information about eating peanuts frequently, for a kid who has outgrown the allergy. Apparently some kids who have outgrown it have ended up redeveloping it, and current thinking is that they should keep having exposure to avoid that happening.
Boy, I would imagine it would be hard for a 14 year old who has grown up equating peanuts with serious illness/death, to suddenly begin eating peanuts regularly.
Keep us posted. I am so thrilled at the possibility that your dd has outgrown the allergy!!!!
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Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 8:01am
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Wouldn't it be nice if we all knew just the right thing to do? I'd love to know exactly what caused my son's allergies. I wonder if medicine will ever know?
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Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 8:12am
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Karen...I forgot to add congrats, I am thrilled for you and your son!!

Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 8:51am
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The allergist said if she (my DD) is negative to the rast and the challenge, then she needs to eat peanuts at least once a week. I was thinking even if all these things were negative she would have an easier life style but would not start eating nuts/peanuts. The allergist says that she should eat them lots to help avoid an allergy. I have never heard of this before. I am excited and nervous to find out if she is no longer allergic. It has become a life style for us, avoiding nuts, some restaurants... It will change things and I think I will still be nervous with her eating peanuts.
Last week my DD watched a girl in her high school being rushed to the hospital in Anaphylactic shock. Someone was eating peanuts beside her and she had a reaction. Her epi-pen was in her locker and they had to get the one from the office. She is OK but it made us worry about our DD safety at HS. It would be a relief not to worry so much about her safety.
We should have the blood test by the end of the week. Next week will be the challenge if the blood test is negative. The Allergist said we would have to purchase a bag of peanuts and my DD would slowly eat them over the three hour time. Thanks for all your fingers crossed.
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Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 9:02am
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I can confirm what your allergist said (although I'm no doctor).
There's evidence now that once the allergy is outgrown (and proven as such!) that avoidance is the worst thing you can do.
I saw a couple of articles in medical papers about that very subject. And this is also what's being taught in med school here. My DD was hospitalised for asthma, and I was able to talk for a while with the extern. He confirmed that you should *not* avoid the allergen once outgrown. That's the current state of the medical knowledge.

Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 9:20am
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Congratulations to you nad your daughter [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] What wonderful news!
This is the second child I have heard of this week who outgrew their PA at a later age - my cousin just told me a boy in her daughter's school who had always been PA recently tested negative (he's around 12). I always thought once you were past 5 or 6, there was no chance - hearing these stories gives me a ray of hope (and makes me even more vigilant with my son!)
If I may ask, was your daughter tested any time over the years between her inital diagnosis and this last one?

Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 9:26am
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Fantastic news, Karalot!
Question - had she had any reactions between 4 and 14? Any testing during those years?
Stories like this give me hope. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Amy

Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 10:53am
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Karalot:
I can't help you w/any medical insight, but just wanted to say that I am thrilled for you and your daughter!!
Kelly

Posted on: Wed, 10/06/2004 - 11:09am
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She has not had a reaction since she was 4. She had had a reaction at 1 year, 2.5 and 4 years. She had been tested at 1.5, 2.5 and 4.5 years. She had not been tested since.
Do you know were you read the article about not avoiding?
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