Daughter had Skin Prick test today

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Well, we took Jamie, my 2 yr 1 mo old daughter to the allergist today. She had the skin prick test for peanuts, egg, cashews & walnuts. We already knew she was allergic to peanuts, but the allergist wanted to confirm this.

She had a very big whelt for peanuts. She also tested positive for cashews & egg.

The doctor told us to avoid peanuts & all kinds of tree nuts. He also said that she could have eggs on an "as tolerated" basis since it was only a minor reaction.

The nurse showed us how to us an epi-pen, which we already have, & also when. She said use Benedryl with Hives only & Epi-pen with any other reaction & call 911.

We were also given information about FAAN & told to join. We were given the FAAN shopping cards for Peanut & Tree nut allergies.

I was very pleased with the appointment & felt the allergist was very thorough with us. Jamie, on the other hand, hated it. She started screaming the minute the nurse touched her back to start writing & marking the spots. By the time the nurse had pricked her skin, Jamie was so upset she threw up on me. Lots of fun :-(

We are to go back to the allergist in 6 months unless Jamie starts having reactions to other things.

Lea

On May 16, 2002

Sorry if I sound like a downer, but did the allergist discuss the possibility of growing out of egg and the effect continuing to consume it would have on those chances? I would want an answer to that question before I decided to take his/her advice to allow your child to eat foods containing egg.

This interview: [url="http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/helthrpt/stories/s532366.htm"]http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/helthrpt/stories/s532366.htm[/url] with Dr. Sampson indicates that children may not grow out of an egg allergy until the age of 5.

We are practicing complete avoidance of all egg products (as well as peanuts and tree nuts of course).

On May 16, 2002

My son was also "able" to eat agg on an as-tolerated basis at first. Since he never cared for egg itself, he only had foods with eggs as an ingredient, mostly stuff with egg way low on the ingredients list. Within a few months, he developed hives that lasted 4 days from eating a cake I'd made the night before. After that, we were very strict- he didn't have any form of egg even come near him for 2 years. Now, at 4 1/2, he has completely outgrown the allergy and even had homemade french toast for dinner tonight. It was tough to be so strict, but it was worth it!

On May 17, 2002

When he was 18 months old my son had a significant (all over his face and neck) hive reaction to eggs. It was after eating egg beaters which are highly concentrated egg whites. He then tested positive for eggs on his CAP RAST. We avoided all straight eggs, and barely cooked eggs (like pancakes), but he was always able to eat cakes and cookies with eggs. At 2.5 years, his skin test for eggs was so minor, the doc said to try him again. We still have not done straight eggs, but he was fine with pancakes.

On May 17, 2002

My dd's skin test for egg was posotive (we did it twice) but her RAST was negative. The doctor asked if she had eaten things with egg in the past and I said yes. I was not expecting a posotive egg test. Although, she never had straight egg. The doctor said as long as she is not reacting, let her eat it. So she eats things with egg in it, like pancakes but she does not or never had eaten straight egg. I do not plan on feeding her straight egg for a couple of years yet just to be sure! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] kcmom

On May 19, 2002

I read in a research article that they can actually predict whether children would outgrow their egg allergy. They found that children who outgrew their allergy had a different form of IGE compared to those who retained their allergy for life. This was an article that then referred to the possibility that children who 'outgrew' their allergy could have different IGE molecules compared to those who kept it for life. As yet I don't think they've studied peanut allergies as thoroughly as egg/milk allergies.

On May 19, 2002

LI-LIAN, Do you have a link to that research article or can you tell me where I can find it??

Thanks, Lea

On May 21, 2002

Lea,

the article is "resolution of peanut allergy - a case control study". Author :J. hourihane it's in the BMJ issue 25 April 1998. he mentioned it in the last bit of the article.

Lilian

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