can a child outgrow PA?

Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2006 - 10:27am
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Just wondering, my daughter had a rash on her face after she had a tiny bit of peanut butter twice in her life. She is 4 now. Have you ever heard of any kids outgrowing this allergy? Are there any statistics on this anywhere?

Posted on: Fri, 08/04/2006 - 12:32pm
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My understanding is that only 20% of kids outgrow peanut allergy. However, considering the risks, I would recommend that you have her tested before you consider giving her peanuts again.
Cathy

Posted on: Sat, 08/05/2006 - 8:11am
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oh definitely, I would never ever purposely give her anything that might contain peanuts. I carry the benadryl fastmelts and epipen with me everywhere and I'm realy protective of whatever she eats. But she doesn't go to school yet, that's going to be so hard. I have heard from a homeopath that they can out outgrow it but I've never known anyone with PA at all, much less anyone who has outgrown it.

Posted on: Sun, 08/06/2006 - 9:05am
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My dd's former allergist has a son who outgrew PA. I think he was around 8 years old, can't remember the details.
Also, my dd, age 4, just had a retest for PA. Her CAP results were less that .10, test was done in Kansas so her allergist is comfortable with the accuray of the results.
We go for a skin test on August 14th, and will proceed with a peanut challenge the same day if the skin test is negative.
I'll be sure to post the outcome on here, but I'm praying I'll have an "outgrow" story to share.
Shannon

Posted on: Sun, 08/06/2006 - 11:41am
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my tna husband "claims" to have outgrown a peanut allergy...but i am not sure i believe it. he was never formally tested as a kid (not sure if they even COULD formally test anyone back then for PA???). he was allergic to so many things including walnuts, pecans, and other foods and irritants. i often wonder if he wasn't just broadly considered to be allergic to nuts. his parents, as most people back then, would have probably just thought peanuts were a true nut, rather than a legume. as highly sensitive to peanut as two of our children are, i just find it hard to believe that he outgrew PA. guess he could have been in the 20 or so percent though. ???????? by the looks of things, my daughters will not be in that lucky few. darn.

Posted on: Sun, 08/06/2006 - 12:17pm
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mckennakatesmom,
Can you tell us what her RAST scores started at now that they are down to .10? What was her original reaction like?
Thanks,
Laura

Posted on: Mon, 08/07/2006 - 12:38am
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DD's initial reaction was a few small hives above her upper lip after eating part of a peanut butter cookie. She had just turned two years old. We took her to see an allergist and he skin tested her. The peanut wheal was 5mm. She also tested positive for egg, 6mm. He did a CAP for egg because she had been eating egg for several months with no problem. It came back 1.69 and we did the egg challenge, which she passed.
The allergist did not order a CAP for the peanut, saying that it wouldn't change anything about how we would proceed (strict avoidance of peanuts and tn, retest at age 4). Knowing very little about food allergies at the time, I went along with it. I now wish we had that number for comparison. This is one of the reasons he's no longer our allergist.
Started seeing a new allergist 6 months before she turned four. Went in for a consultation, just to get to know her. Went back a week after dd's birthday for blood test.
So, we don't have a baseline CAP result, but her skin test was the same size as the histamine control and her reaction was a few localized hives. We've been extremely strict and she has not had any further reactions, thank God. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.
Shannon
McKenna-Kate,1,PA
Cash,1,NKA

Posted on: Mon, 08/07/2006 - 1:23am
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I remember threre is at least one PA.com member with a child with severe PA who outgrew it. The odds are against it, but it can happen!

Posted on: Sun, 07/08/2007 - 1:35pm
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Quote:Originally posted by mckennakatesmom:
[b]My dd's former allergist has a son who outgrew PA. I think he was around 8 years old, can't remember the details.
Also, my dd, age 4, just had a retest for PA. Her CAP results were less that .10, test was done in Kansas so her allergist is comfortable with the accuray of the results.
We go for a skin test on August 14th, and will proceed with a peanut challenge the same day if the skin test is negative.
I'll be sure to post the outcome on here, but I'm praying I'll have an "outgrow" story to share.
Shannon[/b]
I know that a considerate amount of time as passed since you last posted, but I was wondering how your DD's PA was. How did that DR's appointment go?

Posted on: Tue, 07/17/2007 - 5:23am
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Just to add a bit to this post, most people who do outgrow tn or pn allergies do not have other issues such as asthma or eczema or multiple food allergies.
Karen

Posted on: Wed, 07/18/2007 - 8:29am
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Not to put a damper on things--just sharing. My son's allergist says that he doesn't see anything close to 20% outgrowing and that it is *much* less.

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