Have you had yourself tested for FA...just because?

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 12:55pm
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For some reason, I am so intrigued at the thought of having myself skin tested for food allergies. Both my kids have FA's. My hubby's allergist/asthma DR. tested him before we had kids and found an allergy to rice...which he eats and has no issues with. I have no allergies to food that I am aware of. DH has asthma and I had it as a child. He and I both have seasonal allergies that can get pretty annoying and we are both allergic to animals.

Has anyones allergist been willing to test you as a parent? Just to see the results? I am so curious to know if I am more atopic than I think...and maybe that's why my children are atopic as well.

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Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 2:00pm
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I am going for allergy testing in Aug. Last time I had it done was about 23 years ago. (I am 46). I am allergic to the usual enviro' things, trees, grasses, ragweed, dustmites, wool, feathers, cats, dogs. I was originally tested when I was in high school.
Over the last 6 years I have developed chronic sinusitis/infections. So far, I have not been able to pinpoint any particular cause. No treatment has done much yet, we still seem to be treating symptomatically, and the Dr. has finally decided it was time to try and find the cause. Hence the re-testing.
I don't think I have any food allergies - but I think I'd like to be tested for the top 8 or 9 anyway - if it is food, it must be something I have almost every day. My symptoms never really go away.
DD has all the food allergies, DH is shellfish allergic, also some TN, and fruits. Their reactions are more or less immediate, and then go away.
I really hope I get some answers. Just not sure if I'm going to like them!

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 3:07pm
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My husband and I are both going at the end of July. Just curious about all of sinus problems also. Will let you know results.. thanks, Kathy Ann

Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2006 - 12:21am
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I have never been FA tested but am in July because now I am reacting badly to soy, any soy, protein or oil. I have taken benadryl three times this week and now carry an epi pen. I am also sensitive to milk and some fruits. This is all very very new for me.
Testing July 25th.
Peggy

Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2006 - 7:34am
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I haven't been tested for any type of allergy ever. My husband was tested for just about every kind of environmental allergy you can think of, and for a number of years took allergy shots. He stopped doing that the past 6 or 7 years, but has talked about starting up again since his allergies seem to be getting worse.
I also have environmental allergies. I'm thinking that I should get tested at some point and start on the shots too. Since I am trying to get into nursing school, I figure that having an allergy attack while trying to help a patient would not be a good thing! LOL
I have no reason to suspect that I have any food allergies at this point. (touch wood)
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Posted on: Sat, 06/24/2006 - 8:27am
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Mine have been more a case(s) of accidental FA testing.
I had an anaphylactic reaction to something a few years ago after putting lotion on my hands and then after eating some Godiva biscuits (DS was already PA). Turned out to be chamomile (not sure about the biscuits/cookies--and that wasn't ana--just very noticable allergic reaction). During that SPT dr. told me I was allergic to peanuts (didn't know he was testing for them). So that was kind of accidental FA testing.
Then last year I was getting ImmunoCap testing for shellfish after a severe reaction. I didn't know he included sesame in the panel, but I came back allergic to sesame (Class 2)--another case of accidental FA testing. You can look at my posts back in January in the Adults with PA board. I didn't believe I was allergic to sesame.I didn't even react for a while--thinking that maybe I wouldn't ever. But I do. I'm not ana to sesame at this point. Hopefully I won't ever be. I'm glad I know, because I don't think I'd be able to pinpoint it otherwise--or else would be blaming shellfish xcontam like I was for a while.
I don't know that I would get tested for the heck of it. I had a lot of allergies growing up. At one point my doctor took me off of everything but green beans and peaches and turkey because I was technically allergic to everything else but not ana to it. That didn't last long. So it might make sense for someone like me to get tested. But it's expensive.
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Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2006 - 9:20am
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I was tested as a kid. Allergic to just about everything environmental. Also came back allergic to peas and milk. Avoided them (kind of) until teen years. I was then ok to eat them. Was never retested.
Then there was a study in Chicago where they tested the entire family for free. I came back allergic to shellfish (which I love and eat every chance I get). Dh came back allergic to peanuts.
That is interesting is that hindsight is 20/20. Dh had a couple of health issues that could have DEFINATELY had been reaction to peanut before ds was born. He is normally healthy as a horse, but there were 2 cases in which he became very ill with no *explainable* reason, according to doctors. In both cases, he had eaten something with peanuts in it. Normally, he just didn't like peanuts and usually stayed away from them.

Posted on: Mon, 06/26/2006 - 12:13pm
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Quote:Originally posted by lilpig99:
[b]Has anyones allergist been willing to test you as a parent? Just to see the results? [/b]
*My* insurance company would have a bonified Wisconsin dairy moo [i]cow[/i]. I mean, "just because". Without any . For kicks sake, I mean.
Personally? And absolutely not as advice? Just what my own hangups are? Let's say someone offered me a "free scan", let's say an MRI. Out of the blue. No objective or subjective symptoms pointing to a need for one. Just for a look-see. No benefit to me, no benefit to my child/family member as a "familial" type of thing. Just for curiosity. And hey, when they do, turns out they see something that might be a lesion on my spine, might not. Might just be a normally occurring anomoly. But not really quite sure. Now what? You know what I mean? And hey, what if I wanted to purchase life insurance, disability insurance, etc......down the road? Who knows what I might want to do in the future, what they might offer, come up, with someday. Although I know you are not talking about "scans", just allergy testing.
But maybe it's just me. Maybe not.
~no advice, just wondering.

Posted on: Tue, 06/27/2006 - 1:57pm
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THanks for the thoughts, comments. I just get the same question from every new person I meet whom I talk to about my kids FA's...Question: 'Really? Do you have FA's too?' MY answer: 'No.' And not that I think I do have them...I just wonder sometimes if it's 'in my blood' and I'm just not reacting.
Ya, MB, moo cow for sure. But me being the health freak that I am, I'd take 'em up on that free MRI offer...withholding my real name of course. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img].

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 2:00pm
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I am going for allergy testing in Aug. Last time I had it done was about 23 years ago. (I am 46). I am allergic to the usual enviro' things, trees, grasses, ragweed, dustmites, wool, feathers, cats, dogs. I was originally tested when I was in high school.
Over the last 6 years I have developed chronic sinusitis/infections. So far, I have not been able to pinpoint any particular cause. No treatment has done much yet, we still seem to be treating symptomatically, and the Dr. has finally decided it was time to try and find the cause. Hence the re-testing.
I don't think I have any food allergies - but I think I'd like to be tested for the top 8 or 9 anyway - if it is food, it must be something I have almost every day. My symptoms never really go away.
DD has all the food allergies, DH is shellfish allergic, also some TN, and fruits. Their reactions are more or less immediate, and then go away.
I really hope I get some answers. Just not sure if I'm going to like them!

Posted on: Fri, 06/23/2006 - 3:07pm
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My husband and I are both going at the end of July. Just curious about all of sinus problems also. Will let you know results.. thanks, Kathy Ann

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