Allergy to All Legumes..how acurate are these skin tests?

Posted on: Tue, 08/05/2003 - 4:06pm
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Help..my 2 year old was just given the skin prick tests on her back...she is not only allergic to peanuts( which welted emmediatly)but all tree nuts, peas and beans...so that's all legumes...anyone else in this boat? is this common? how could she even survived with only some eczema issues all this time? i only ever excluded peanut from her diet..I suspected she was allergic to that at a very young age. I'm overwhelmed. She used to be allergic to milk..so she's always drinked fortified rice milk after breast feeding for over a year...but now she can eat dairy..thank goodness...even though part of me would like to be Vegan I find that I can not risk it for her. She loves vegetable soup..fruit..her rice milk and pasta that's about all she eats.What happens when she gets bored?

Posted on: Tue, 08/05/2003 - 10:11pm
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I'm not sure how similar skin prick tests are to RAST tests, but RAST tests often result in mild allergy results for related foods. My PA DS had positive RAST scores for both peas (1.1) and chickpeas (1.6). Dr. Wood said he'd usually consider this a fluke of the test and not a "true allergy," except DS has been spitting out peas and refusing to eat anything that has come into contact with peas. However, Dr. Wood said DS will probably outgrow the peas/chickpeas allergies in a year or so (if we avoid) since his numbers were so low.

Posted on: Wed, 08/06/2003 - 1:25am
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thanks for the insight...how funny you mentioned the spitting pea thing out...she refused her peas as a baby and one day I mixed it with her applesauce...hives all over her face and hands in seconds...I felt so bad..that was my first clue in to her allergies. If anyone's reading this..don't ever force foods on to your kids..I think she knew.

Posted on: Tue, 08/12/2003 - 1:38pm
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When my son was skin tested, he reacted to both peanuts and soybean, but not the other legume. I questioned the allergist since, at the time, DS was drinking soy milk daily and eating other soy foods. Allergist replied that sometime foods from the same "family", like legumes, caused a skin reaction if there is an allergy to any one item in that family. His rule of thumb was, if the patients have been eating it regularly with no problems, there's nothing to worry about.

Posted on: Tue, 08/12/2003 - 1:46pm
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thanks..i'll follow up again to get some specifics from the doctor

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