First allergist appointment - share your experience?

Posted on: Tue, 01/27/2004 - 1:34am
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Our daughter's first appointment with the allergist is next week. I'm really nervous about what to expect and what information I should have on hand. Could any of you share your first allergist appointment experience with me?

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Michelle
Mommy to Luke (3 1/2) and Grace (15 mo)

Posted on: Tue, 01/27/2004 - 7:32am
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I took A.J. for his first appt. at eighteen months. Really, I think you "psych" yourself into thinking it will be worse than it is. I know I did. He had the skin test done only. That part was over very quickly. I did have to hold him across my lap (belly down) while they did it. That was sort of traumatic at the time... But again, it is over VERY quickly. The hard part is waiting afterward. They get very itchy and you have to try and distract your child so he/she doesn't scratch. I brought a plastic bin full of toys and books - that helped a lot. I have never had the blood test done so I cannot offer any insight into that experience.
Good luck.
HTH,
Jaime

Posted on: Tue, 01/27/2004 - 12:59pm
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I've heard truly awesome stories. Mine is downright horrifying. I'll save it for some other time. I think my experience isn't of the norm.
If the doctor LISTENS and doesn't rush you , you already have a gem in my opinion.

Posted on: Tue, 01/27/2004 - 10:54pm
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Dougie was tested at 15 months of age. Besides just nut allergy he was given the full blown environmental allergy testing. So he had something like 75 needle pricks. They allowed me to hold him in my lap with his legs wrapped around me. That way I was able to hold his legs down with my elbows and hold his arms with my hands. They drew boxes with an ink pen all across his box and then quickly did all the pricks. The office was set up great as they popped a cartoon into the VCR and had toys there for him to play with. In total with talking to the doctor and testing it took about an hour and half. If I had to do it all over again I would do it the exact same way. Yes it was stressful but at the same time I needed to know what all he was allergic to.
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Cher ~
Dougie 12/14/01

Posted on: Tue, 01/27/2004 - 11:47pm
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Trevor had a RAST test done through his ped. so when we went to the allergist he didn't have to skin test him. He just went over PA with us in general, but told us Trevor's PA wasn't "that bad" (his numbers were pretty low) and that he would probably never have a bad reaction, but prescribed an epi just in case. After his anaphylactic reaction 10 months later, we switched allergists.
Our new one is great! The few visits he's had since then, once they did some EA prick along with some food. The next time they did more food pricks on him, while he watched a video. The doc spent a lot of time with us, and didn't act condescending like our old one. Good luck at your appt.! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Tina
Trevor age 2 -PA
Harmony age 1 -KNA
Baby #3 due June 24, 2004

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 1:21pm
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I did a search on "first allergist visit" or something like that and came up with a list of questions to ask ours when we went. We saw a pediatric allergist at Texas Children's who was one of the docs involved in the ?Zolair trial (which ever one it was that was quashed by the bigger company). He told us that skin tests for food allergies were highly unpredictable in young children, meaning that postive or negative results didn't mean much. He only did RAST tests for EA's (I think due to dd's bad eczema), peanuts, and eggs (from our suspicions). He said he did not want to test for other foods since they can be elevated but not neccessarily mean she is allergic and then we'd be avoiding foods for no reason. Why that makes the peanut test still ok I'm not sure. He did do a total IgE test, to compare with her peanut levels - i.e. if both are high perhaps the peanut is falsely elevated vice if the IgE is normal and the peanut high than more likely to be significant.
The whole thing took about 1 1/2 hours. He spent alot of time talking to me - I had my list of questions I was working thru. I didn't get much more info than what I've gotten thru this site. Not that he didn't know, but there is a huge body of experience here. He will see her in a year or two and repeat the blood tests.
I can say the visit made me feel overall good about the situation, since he shared a large waiting room with the peds neurosurgeon and pulmonologist. After seeing children pulling oxygen tanks, and kids obviously on chemo, I was thanking God that all we had to deal with was avoiding nuts. It really put it in perspective.
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Lori Jo,
Rose, 7-31-02, PA
Beatrice & Georgia, 8-14-99

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 3:05pm
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Hi there,
Our first appointment with the allergist is next week also. I have triplets who just turned 2 and all three will be tested although only dd has reacted to peanuts. I am not looking forward to the testing process but I am hoping to find out if she is allergic to anything else. At this point, I am planning on taking them by myself and hoping for the best. I look forward to comparing notes with you next week.
Colleen

Posted on: Wed, 01/28/2004 - 11:19pm
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I agree that a hard part of the visit is when they skin prick test and the area gets red and itchy (if there's a reaction). Be prepared to focus all your energies into keeping your child from scratching!
Oh, and if they suggest you test for other nut allergies by rubbing pieces of different nuts along your child's gums, CHANGE allergist...

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