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Posted on: Thu, 06/28/2001 - 1:49am
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if your child still has the allergy after years without a single reaction?? My daughter had her first and only reaction when she was 13 months, we had her tested when she was 3and it was positive. Since then she has not had any reactions at all. We don't have peanut products in the house but do have may contain and yes sometimes I let her eat them. Of course only things she has eaten tons of times. I am beginning to wonder if she outgrew the allergy, she is now almost 7. What do you think?

Posted on: Thu, 06/28/2001 - 2:43am
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My daughter went from 18 months to age 7 without a reaction. She tested positive when she was 5. She's now 11 and hasn't had another reaction, but she was just tested again and was positive. Also positive to almonds and cashews.
The difficult thing as your child gets older is keeping them convinced that it's a serious problem, when they don't actually remember having a reaction.
The most recent testing reminded my daughter of how potentially dangerous the allergy is.
The allergist said he will no longer do a scratch test for peanuts for her - if we want it tested they'll do a blood test for us. The site swelling was so bad it obliterated the next 5 sites below it, so he's going to have to retest her for those items in a few weeks.
Now she knows and for me it's a good thing, because she has no memory of her reactions
from eating peanuts.
The fact that your daughter hasn't reacted probably just means that you are super-vigilant and should be congratulated for your constant efforts. Way to go!

Posted on: Thu, 06/28/2001 - 9:36am
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Mich,
Ask your MD to do a peanut specfic IgE. It will tell you how reactive your child is.
My sons allergist did one a month ago (just received the results lost blood) he rated a 65. The nurse said this is at the upper end. My son is 3 1/2 and hasn't had a reaction since he was 15 months old we were hoping he was becoming less sensitive but it looks like he's not. We will have another peanut specific IgE in 2 years. Kim

Posted on: Wed, 07/04/2001 - 1:26am
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Hi Mich! Sometimes it seems as if they're ok because they don't have reactions. The reason they are not having reactions is most likely because you are avoiding the allergen not that they grew out of it. My son Mike is almost 9. His last reaction was 5 years ago. Eventhough his last skin test in '98 was a 4++ I almost thought he was growing out of it because of strict avoidance. Well got the results of IgE specific blood test last week. It's 51.89 which according to my allergist is a significant allergy and consider it severe. I am wondering though, since this was his first Cap-rast, if his rating was higher at one time but now is class V bordering class VI because of the strict avoidance. I wonder if he would have tested higher a couple of years ago? Well no matter he is still allergic. So don't let no reactions fool you into thinking its gone. Keep up with the testing. I know I have to because I have a tendency to slip into a denial mode. I will never be complacent but I do sometimes think that this can't be true! He is so healthy! (DENIAL) By our diligence and the grace of God, they will continue to be healthy.

Posted on: Wed, 07/04/2001 - 11:02am
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Do not be fooled by few reactions. I have only had 7 or 8 reactions in my life and I am 48 years old. The next reaction is only 1 accident away. Andy

Posted on: Sun, 07/08/2001 - 6:05am
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sorry-double posted
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Posted on: Sun, 07/08/2001 - 6:30am
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It has been 4 years since ours have injested peanut products and had a reaction. I have never been so scared in my whole life, as I was watching the last reaction!! At the time, we thought pa only caused hives and swelling...I had no idea that their airways could swell shut. We are so careful about exposure...I am absolutely sure that is why we have been reaction free for four years. My cousin made a special point of calling me to tell me THIS STORY:
One of her best friends is in her 40's and knew that she had been allergic to peanuts as a child. ALL of these years, she has been careful to read food labels and NEVER eat something that was homemade by someone else without carefully inquiring about all ingredients used in making it.To make it short, the pa friend was at their YMCA with friends and their kids. She was starving and an acquaintace brought in homemade cookies. She ate one....and was fine. She took one bite of a second cookie and KNEW that she was in trouble. She DROVE HERSELF TO THE HOSPITAL,(a total of 10 minutes had elapsed from injestion to arrival at the ER) pulled up to the ER door, ran in and all she could say was "I AM ALLERGIC TO PEANUTS......"and she passed out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!They treated her and she is O.K. It had been something like 30 years since she had triggered any reaction. The doctors told her the only thing that saved her was her own adrenaline kicking in because she was so scared! My feeling is....I would not play Russian Roulette with a bullett...it is not worth a cookie, ice cream....there are too many other alternatives. It is not worth the risk. I know it is discouraging...good luck! One more story: When we switched to our current pediatrician and she was reviewing our girls med. history, her eyes brimmed with tears when she asked us about their pa. Her best friend who is a physician had a 20 year old daughter who was pa. She knew she was allergic and had been extremely careful for years. She went to eat at a buffet and inquired about how the foods were prepared. Someone was not informed enough about allergies and food preparation. She reacted. They called for paramedics but she had no epi with her and she had passed away before they could get to her and treat her. I could not believe that our pediatrician had such a personal connection to pa. She is wonderfully compassionate with us.
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Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 4:10am
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Just bringing up these stories for new ones to read.

Posted on: Wed, 02/06/2002 - 11:42pm
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MITCH- IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE IN THE EXACTLY THE SAME POSITION AS ME. MY DAUGHTER HAS NOT HAD A REACTION IN 2 YEARS. IT COULD BE BECAUSE OF TWO REASONS 1) WE HAVE AVOIDED PEANUTS/PEANUT OIL ETC. LIKE THE PLAGUE OR 2) POSSIBLY SHE HAS OUTGROWN IT. THERE WOULD BE NO WAY TO KNOW FOR SURE WITHOUT RE-TESTING. WE DID A SKIN PRICK TEST AND THAT CAME BACK POSITIVE BUT THE ALLERGIST SAID THAT THERE WAS STILL A SLIGHT CHANCE THAT SHE IS NO LONGER ALLERGIC. FOR US THE ONLY WAS TO KNOW FOR SURE IS TO DO A "FOOD CHALLENGE". TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT THIS AND MAYBE IT WILL BE AN OPTION FOR YOU TOO. GOOD LUCK...

Posted on: Thu, 02/07/2002 - 5:53am
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Kate has not had a reaction since she was three and she just turned nine in January. Joseph has never had a reaction, but tests positive for peanuts. I had Kate retested not long ago and she scored very high on the rast test. Joseph did'nt score as high, but is still considered to be very allergic. I had so hoped that they had outgrown the allergy. I would suggest getting tests done to see for sure. Good Luck-maybe your child no longer is allergic. Cammie

Posted on: Thu, 02/14/2002 - 6:33am
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THE ONLY REAL WAY TO KNOW FOR SURE(SAFELY) IS TO DO A FOOD CHALLENGE. I KNOW YOU HAVE TO MEET CERTAIN CRITERIA TO BE ELLIGIBLE TO DO THIS (ONE BEING FREE FROM ANY REACTION FOR AT LEAST 2 YEARS). MY DAUGHTER TESTED POSITIVE ON THE SKIN PRICK TEST BUT HAD ABSOLUTELY NO REACTION AFTER THE FOOD CHALLENGE ON TUESDAY. WE SPENT 6 HOURS IN THE HOSPITAL CONDUCTING THIS TEST BUT BOY WAS IT WORTH IT. SHE HAD ABSOLUTELY NO REACTION AT ALL. THEY SAID SHE HAS OUTGROWN THE ALLERGY!! WHAT A RELIEF AND WE ARE REALLY GLAD WE DID IT.

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