HUGE decrease in RAST score

Posted on: Mon, 09/18/2000 - 3:06am
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I did post this under another thread already, but I did not receive any responses, and I am hoping for some feedback.

Over a 6 month period son's CAP RAST scores went from 4.58 (conventional level 3) 638 (modified level 4) to 0.42 (conv. level 1) 111(barely a modified level 2). I was shocked by such a huge decrease. The 0.42 is barely an allergy (.35 is the cut off). Our son has never been exposed to peanuts (he has had hive reactions from being touched by people who touched walnuts...six months ago his walnut RAST scores were higher than his peanut, but we did not redo the nut ones).

Had anyone else had such a big decrease? Did it stay low, or jump back up on the next tests?

Like everyone else I hope this means that my son may grow out of his peanut allergy. I know decreasing RAST scores do not mean that he will, but I know most of you understand, it does make us hope!

Posted on: Mon, 09/18/2000 - 4:16am
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What did the allergist think about the difference in scores? Does he/she think that he will outgrow it? I do not remember if you mentioned the age of your son but I am curious.

Posted on: Mon, 09/18/2000 - 5:24am
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My son was a 4 on his first RAST and the last two he was a low 2. We went today to a new allergist and he did a skin test on him and he tested negative, so I am not really sure what to think. The doctor said its safe to give him peanuts. I might have them do it in the office first. He never had anything with peanuts in it before. This new doctor said he does not count on those blood tests. Even though he tested negative I am still nervous.

Posted on: Mon, 09/18/2000 - 6:25am
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My son is 13 months. His first CAP RAST was at 6 months, and his second at 13 months. I called the doctor again this am. He said that RAST tests will flucuate (we knew this), and he agreed to retest our son. Several low tests, or consistently lowering scores MAY indicated a decrease in severity. He said we could test now, or wait 6 months. I think that we will wait.
Our son has never had a reaction to peanuts. He has had skin reaction to walnuts (after being touched by someone who had just touched walnuts).
I am trying to manage my expectations. I hope he grows out of this, but I do not know if he will. We also did do several alternative NAET treatments with him -- we were skeptical, but maybe that played a role in his lower scores.
San

Posted on: Mon, 09/18/2000 - 6:55am
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JAN, I WOULD BE VERY INTERESTED TO KNOW HOW YOUR SON REACTS TO EATING PEANUT BUTTER FOR THE FIRST TIME IF YOU DECIDE TO LET HIM TRY AT THE DOCTORS. MY SONS ALLERGIST SEEMS TO THINK HE MAY ALSO GROW OUT OF THIS ALLERGY BUT I HAVENT FOUND MUCH SUPPORT FOR THAT TOPIC ON THIS SITE. PLEASE POST THE RESULTS AS I MAY BE IN YOUR SITUATION SOON. THANKS AND GOOD LUCK !
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Posted on: Mon, 09/18/2000 - 8:55am
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My son's traditional CAP RAST's have changed in the 4 times he has had the tests sometimes dropping 2 to three points. However, the last time they all shot up higher- sesame seed jumped from 12 to >100, egg from 20.2 to >100. He now has seven that are >100 on traditional CAP RAST. It's amazing that he has been kept safe, so far.
I'm not holding out on these coming down but we will retest next May. In the meantime, we keep EpiPen with him at all times- just like folks with child with low positive test scores on one food and monitor his diet the best we can.
JanBP
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Posted on: Mon, 09/18/2000 - 8:56am
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Nancy,
Thank you, I will let you know. At least we know it will not be a bad reaction if he does have one, which the doctor doesn't think he will. I've been holding him off sending him to preschool so now I think the decision will be easier. I just hope he grows out of his milk allergy which is really bad. I'll keep you posted on the peanuts.

Posted on: Mon, 09/18/2000 - 10:04pm
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I am absolutely thrilled here! My second son is No longer allergic to milk. He just got re-tested yesterday and his score was 0. Absolutely no reaction, and he was at a 3. AND get this..his previous score on shellfish was a 4+ and was anaphylactic to shellfish. ABOSULTELY no reaction yesterday! YIPPEE. He tried his first taste of shrimp in an eggroll and loved it and had no problem whatsoever! His allergy to peanut was and still is severe at a 5. The down side: He scored a 4 to cats, to dogs and to grass. (We have two dogs) I'll take it though, one less life-threatening allergy to deal with. Considering since the age of six months he has scored high on peanut, I don't see that allergy changing at all, but we can handle that. Kicking up our heels here [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 09/19/2000 - 4:59am
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mkruby and Jan, Congrats on your good news. Jan, please let us know if you have your son challenged. I would be afraid to do it at home too, but neg RAST AND neg skin sounds great!

Posted on: Tue, 09/19/2000 - 12:58pm
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CONGRATS to MKruby!!!!! That's excellent news! Did that weight on you just get a little bit lighter? :-)

Posted on: Tue, 10/17/2000 - 1:11pm
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JAN,
Please let me know if you've had the oral challange. I'm still really interested. Since discovering this site I've made a new appointement with a different allergist and am going in the morning. I've even insisted that my husband go with me. This is important because I've become much more paranoid since finding this site. I'm praying my son will be negitive but can't imagine what I'd do if he were. If I told people he tested negative but, still kept him peanut free, I wonder if someone else might let their gard down. Please post on your progress. thanks I hope your still peanut allerge free!!!!!

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