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Posted on: Sat, 01/02/2010 - 10:03am
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Momofda - please let us know the results of the study! Personally, I lived on pb with my first and she is highly allergic to peanuts...with my second I didn't ever have a bite of peanuts during my pregnancy and he is, too! So, I'm really curious as to what they find....

Posted on: Sun, 01/03/2010 - 5:37am
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I'm not sure if exposure twice in one day could be considered second exposure especially when the item was not eaten. That would be a great question for the allergist.
I find it more likely that another food was around on hands lips etc. that could have caused the reaction that he may have been exposed to prior.
I really am so glad to hear that he is okay and I hope you are able to get some answers soon. Please do let us know what happens with the allergist.

Posted on: Sun, 01/03/2010 - 1:35pm
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Sorry you're going through all this with both kids. One option is you can talk to the allergist about a blood test instead of a skin test. We've always done skin tests, but mine started at 1.5 yrs and up. Both kids sat pretty still after reassuring them what was going on. That wont work for the baby. Another option is call the allergist office back BEFORE the appt. Ask if you will need a separate appt for skin testing or any other testing, if so can you schedule that now to be on the same day? Waiting for the skin testing appt was the most upsetting part of the visit for us. Another though is to keep a food and reaction log prior to the appt. Just try to track what the child eats and any signs of rashes, hives, full ractions, etc.
good luck at your appt.

Posted on: Mon, 01/04/2010 - 1:17pm
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The "homemade" sugar cookie he ate---was it made with Pillsbury mix? The Pillsbury refrigerated dough is made with peanut flour...just a thought...
Let us know how the allergy goes. As far as being "sensitized" to a particular allergen...my daughter has had peanut butter ONCE and had an anaphylactic reaction...I am assuming that she was sensitized during that reaction or by having eaten "may contains" in the past...
Good luck!

Posted on: Fri, 01/08/2010 - 10:28am
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Well, we didn't get the clear cut answers we were looking for today, but we did learn a lot...Apparently, a skin test can not be done this soon after a severe reaction. The doctor explained that for 6 weeks, iga (I believe that's what she said) is all "tied" up, so a skin test is likely to have a false "negative" result. This surprised me a little, b/c Michael had a slin test done sooner than 6 weeks by the same physician...although his reaction was nothing compared to this... She did an extrememly thorough interview and then RAST tested him for anything we could come up that he could have been exposed to. She said, yes, this test is generally less accurate than skin testing, but should still give us an answer. If all come back neg., she will skin test at 6 weeks out. She also did say that "second exposure" could happen in the same day....Now we have to wait the 10 days for RAST results- UGG!

Posted on: Sun, 01/10/2010 - 10:13am
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I think she probably meant IGE and yes--usually after a reaction the tests may be falsely high. An allergic reaction is an immune system response--so the immune system is weakened after a reaction. Doing a skin prick test introduces more of the allergen causing the weakened immune system to react even more.
I have not heard 6 weeks--that seems a bit long to me. Usually things calm down within a week or so per my allergist.
Also--10 days on a rast is on the long side. You could call after a week to see if the results are in. Allergists like to drag things out.
I did not know you could have a 2nd exposure in the same day. Good to know. I'll have to double ck with my allergist on that. It would seem that the 2nd reaction or exposure could be worse b/c the body is still recovering from the first. If that makes sense.
Keep us up to date. I'd love to hear what you find out in regards to your son.

Posted on: Tue, 01/12/2010 - 11:38am
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Egg. It was egg in the sugar cookie. I'm honestly shocked. It had been well over an hour- almost 2- since he had eaten that. when his sx's started they progressed so rapidly, we figured it HAD to be the shrimp! Shrimp would have been so much easier to avoid. I'm quite overwhelmed right now, thinking about how many more foods this excludes and how much trickier eating away from home has just gotten...I know this is a PA forum, but does anyone have any good info on egg allergy? I've checked FAAN's website already. Our appt to see the allergist again isn't for a month and I have so many questions...Like, I've read it's rare to have anaphylaxis from egg- does this mean he's less likely to outgrow it?

Posted on: Fri, 01/15/2010 - 6:39am
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I'm so sorry it's egg! In some ways it would be easier (in my opinion) to avoid shrimp or even peanut...I think there is still a likelihood that egg can be outgrown - especially from this age...My dd outgrew milk, soy, and wheat by the time she was 3. I have always been told that she will probably not outgrow the nuts or pet dander, though...I have heard those two stick around, but for some reason I am under the impression egg can be outgrown.
My dd's first reaction to peanuts took about 1 1/2 hours to start, too. Once it started it all happened so fast so I was just dumbfounded! I couldn't imagine how she may have gotten ahold of something allergenic. When we got home that night I realized that my hubby had bought pb breakfast bars and she had had one before I had woken up.
Your baby's allergy sounds very serious the way you described it. Did he get an EpiPen? Can they even give EpiPens to babies :-(
Good luck and hang in there!

Posted on: Fri, 01/15/2010 - 11:08am
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You have no idea how much I wish it were shrimp! Avoiding egg and peanut (my 3 yo is PA) is a bit overwhelming. You hit the nail on the head,though- the scariest part of the whole thing (in retrospect) is the delay in the symptoms beginning. If we weren't at a family gathering, he would have been put to bed before they began. The coughing wasn't so much to be alarming. It was the swollen eyes that first got our attention. I'm not sure if we would have heard the wheezing in the monitor. God was with us! I'm a wreck now though! I run for every cough and panic at every hive! I accidently wake the poor kid up almost nightly, trying to get a good look at him while he's sleeping!
You are right about egg. Our allergist says egg is the most likely to be outgrown. Praying really hard! We were prescribed an epi pen jr...I was a little surprised both boys would get the same dose...I forget what the upper weight limit is on the jr...

Posted on: Tue, 01/19/2010 - 4:16am
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Sorry to hear it was egg. Egg really is a difficult one. More difficult than peanut in my opinion.
My son is allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, EGG, sesame and whole soy.
A couple of things regarding egg--
1. You can be anaphylactic--my son is and his skin prick and rast scores are quite low. In fact our allergist was going to do a food challenge until he had a severe reaction to a cookie with egg in it.
2. They "say" many will outgrow. My son is 6 and not even close yet. They used to say by 4-5, now they say 8-10.
Lastly--while difficult, it is possible to avoid egg. We home bake a lot. Check out the recipe section on Best Allergy Sites. And feel free to ask me any questions personally--I really do know what you are going through.
There are days where I say I would take the peanut over the egg any time. You'll get used to it! :)

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