An update and test results

Posted on: Thu, 11/18/1999 - 8:02pm
Wendyshu's picture
Joined: 08/19/1999 - 09:00

My son was skin prick tested and tested with bloodwork. He has a level 4 peanut allergy. I have been researching on the web but can find no information on how "bad" this is...the doctor only told us "it's bad, but I've seen level six". So I don't know how to take this.

We have Benedryl and the epipens and have been very careful, so I guess that's all we can do. Any information you can share on blood test results would be much appreciated. Thank you!

Posted on: Thu, 11/18/1999 - 11:39pm
Christine's picture
Joined: 02/03/1999 - 09:00

Skin prick test results, along with the different types of blood tests (RAST and CAP-RAST) are not really good at predicting how severe an actual reaction will be. My son also reacts as a "4" on the skin prick and it is a little unsettling to see the nurse and doctor make their frowns when they see it. I get the distinct impression that they don't see a lot of "4" reactions in their practice. Having said that, a person who has a "2" reaction can have a life threatening reaction and a person who has a "4" reaction may only react mildly when ingesting the food. But, commons sense would say that the higher the rating the more likely the reaction will be severe.

Posted on: Fri, 11/19/1999 - 4:49am
CMHoff's picture
Joined: 11/19/1999 - 09:00

According to our doctor, numbers aren't the only thing to go by. My son's blood test was moderate. However, the doctor said she would have expected a 6, considering the reaction he had (we called 911). There are many other factors which can make someone more susceptible to a stronger reaction, such as eating another allergenic food at the same time, environmental allergies, asthma, etc.

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