Best testing method for food allergies?

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 7:43am
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I have two peanut-allergic children (one extremely allergic, the other mildly allergic), and they are also allergic to other foods as well. I personally have been back-tested once, but the tests come out negative. However, I do notice that I get a severe reaction with "odd" foods like sesame seeds and cilantro.

What is the best way to get tested for food allergies? I'd like any advice you can offer.

Thanks so much!

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 8:14am
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Well, let me start by saying I can't answer your question, but I will share what we've done...(hopefully that coveres myself)
we've done the scratch test on their backs, the blood draw for their CAP RAST and of course taken pictures or notes of any reactions from eating/touching foods. Those 3 tests together gave us our answers.
ps I do have to add, my youngest 2 have tested(both tests) positive for eggs, but I've yet to see a reaction, just basing my level of avoidance on the reaction from their older brother(neck squeezing)
if their are other tests, I don't know about them, so maybe someone will share more info here
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 9:22am
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My 11 month old did a scratch test today. His allergist said it is the better way to test- said it was more accurate and you get results immediately.
Good luck
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Slk70 (Sheryl)
Mommy to Nathan (born 2/28/06 - Peanut & Pea allergy)
Aidan (3 yrs) - so far no food allergies

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