I FINALLY got a referral for my dd, any tips?

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/1999 - 4:18am
Shan's picture
Joined: 04/05/1999 - 09:00

I FINALLY got a referral for my dd from her ped! When I called the allergist they told me I had to wait three weeks for the peanut to be out of her system before they could do the skin test (our insurance does not cover the RAST test). I was wondering if anyone knows if the Benadryl has to be out of her system for any lenghth of time, also. I have still been giving it to her off and on since her rash lasted for so long. I was also wondering if anyone has any tips for our first visit? Is there anything I should know, be prepared for, or ask? Thanks everyone for all your help! I probably wouldn't have known to push so hard for the referral if it wasn't for everyone that has responded to me on here and at Parent Soup. If your own ped doesn't even take it seriously how are you to know? It is wonderful that the net exists...Shan

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/1999 - 4:26am
Coco's picture
Joined: 03/14/1999 - 09:00

Yes, it is very important to be off of Benadryl and any other anti-histamine. I think the magic number is 3 days at our specialist's. For an acurrate answer you should call the specialist's office and ask the nurse/receptionist as this is a very standard (and very important)question. You will get a negative on your test if there is an antihistamine present.

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/1999 - 4:28am
Jan's picture
Joined: 01/26/1999 - 09:00

Hi Shan,
Thats great you got a referral!!My doctor told us that our son could not have any benedrayl for 24 hours before the testing. Let me know what happens.

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/1999 - 11:57am
dhumphries's picture
Joined: 02/02/1999 - 09:00

My allergist also recommended my son be off ALL antahistamines for three days prior to testing. Good luck to you and your child.

Posted on: Fri, 04/09/1999 - 11:43pm
Valerie's picture
Joined: 01/27/1999 - 09:00

Our allergist says 3 days for Benadryl and 1 week for Zyrtec.

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