FAN conference 3/18

Posted on: Wed, 03/22/2000 - 9:47am
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I went to the FAN conference in VA this past weekend. I'm replying to the couple who came but then had to leave re son's fever. Sorry I couldn't reply sooner. Web site is very slow this p.m. and I read your post late last night.

Interesting facts:

40% of pa have treenut allergy. 15% of those who had TA are allergic to 3 or more TNs.

cross-reactivity is hight PA and lentils als to lupine flour (commen in Europe)from the legume family.

5% of children with egg allergy don't outgrow it.

How do you tell the difference betweeen the rash of atopic derminitis and rash of life-threatening reaction? AD rash is roughskin usually wrist/ anlles (about joints) stays long time.
Ana rash is raised a rash that is quickly there- can be localized or spread all over hte body.

Those with asthma, PA,TreeNutA, and other allergies at greatest risk of severe reactions.

Education and "Clear Plan of Action" is best.

Treatment is about ten years off for PA. other food allegens could be soon after that however food allergeries that are likely to be ooutgrown doctors we go with avoidance to see if it can be outgrown.

Those outgrowing PA- best if CAP-RAST is under 5 but some with score of 20 passed the challenge and some with 0 score failed theh challenge. If child out grows egg or milk then better chance to pass challenge with peanut. Anyone with score greater than 20 considered PA and wasn't in the study.

The classes I to VI are meaningless to determine severity of reaction.

I'll try to write more later.


Posted on: Thu, 03/23/2000 - 12:13pm
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Joined: 08/19/1999 - 09:00

pWe also attended the conference. What stood out most in our minds was the possibility of children outgrowing their PA. The doctors had previously thought this was an impossibility. The study that Johns Hopkins conducted showed that 18% of the children that participated in the study had outgrown their allergy, even though they still had a positive skin test. If the RAST test was over 20, the children weren't eligible for the food challenge. The lower the RAST #, the more likely the children were to have outgrown it, however, there were some with low numbers that had NOT outgrown /
It was also interesting that although FAN's official wisdom is that peanut oil is safe in the US, Dr. Robert Wood disagreed openly and said no one with a PA should take a chance by using peanut /
We thought the conference was GREAT and would recommend others attend if possible./p

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