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I wanted to introduce myself. We just found out today that our 4-year-old son Corbin is allergic to peanuts. He had the blood test and his "score" was 123 but I don't know what that means. The nurse didn't give me a lot of information and the information I've read on the internet is scary.

Should we get him to an allergist? Is that our first recommended step?

Thank you in advance, Monica

On Nov 4, 2003

I hope this board isn't as quiet as it seems. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

On Nov 4, 2003

Welcome, and no, the board is far from quiet...

If you don't have an allergist, definately get one if possible (pediatric allergist preferably).

Were you given a prescription for epipens? If not, get one immediately.

Use the "Search" function to look up topics of interest to you. You'll find the search function in the top right part of your screen under the "Reply to This Topic" bubble.

There are a lot of kindhearted people on these boards, but please remember that this site is a public forum, so there are all kinds of people who post here in all their shades and textures.

Welcome once more.

On Nov 4, 2003

Thank you for your welcome and your reply. Unfortunately we are "between insurance" as my husband started a new job and our insurance coverage doesn't start until November 16! I still can't believe that. But I will be getting a referral and an epi-pen as soon as we are able to.

Thanks again!

On Nov 4, 2003

You may want to pay out of pocket for an epi-pen prescription. We don't go anywhere without at least 2, because you never know when something could be cross contaminated. If you cannot get one until the 16th- be VERY careful. I would not give any pre-packaged or processed food without an epi pen handy. (I have a tight comfort zone).

This may seem overwhelming, but I am of the "better safe than sorry" school! I am pretty new to PA, too (5 months), and I think I am starting to get a handle on it and feel more comfortable with things. I'm sure you will, too!This board is a real help.

Paula

On Nov 4, 2003

Definitely spend the $ out of pocket. You are gambling on your child's life if you don't. Charge it on your credit card if you must and worry about how to pay for it later. Your child (and your peace of mind)is worth it.

On Nov 4, 2003

Welcome! I only joined a month ago and I think this board is far from quiet; in fact I think it's screaming with information from other parents just like yourself!

When you are able to I would go to an allergist as well. PA is a serious allergy that shouldn't be taken lightly. My son was diagnosed 2 yrs ago. He is now 4. I wish I had found this site then. I've learned more here than from any doctor.

You mentioned that you are between ins. right now and you are waiting to get your epi-pen? Check with the ins. you intend to use. Many ins. companies DON'T COVER the epi-pen as was the case with me. I fought and fought and fought with my husbands ins. carrier and union to get it covered. My son's pediatrician tried to get it preapproved. They will not pay for it. we thought we had EXCELLENT insurance. The Epi-pen jr dual pack with trainer cost $110 (US). Prices vary from pharmacy to pharmacy so shop around if you need to.

Lots of luck to you and your son. You will find lots of useful info here to educate and prepare you for what lies ahead. Stay safe!!

On Nov 4, 2003

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Originally posted by Timmysmom: [b]Many ins. companies DON'T COVER the epi-pen as was the case with me. I fought and fought and fought with my husbands ins. carrier and union to get it covered. My son's pediatrician tried to get it preapproved. They will not pay for it. we thought we had EXCELLENT insurance. The Epi-pen jr dual pack with trainer cost $110 (US). Prices vary from pharmacy to pharmacy so shop around if you need to. [/b]

Would you be free to mention the company name and type of insurance? ie: PPO, HMO, etc?

On Nov 5, 2003

Mommabear: Gladly! My husband is a NYC Police Officer. Our medical insurance is through Aetna HMO. The PBA covers the prescription coverage 2 ways. One plan is called National Prescription Administrators (NPA) and is a PICA program. PICA covers psychotropic, injectables, chemotherapy, and asthma drugs. we thought the Epi-pen would be covered under PICA because it is an injectable drug. The other plan is Caremark, for all other drugs.

My pediatrician tried it through all three plans. No one will cover it. I just had the Epi-pen refilled 3 weeks ago. I was on the phone constantly tring to fight this. My doctor was furious for me. He said he would contact our local congressman to get some results maybe?? As a medical professional maybe he could get somewhere. It makes me so ANGRY that companies now cover birth control pills (didn't when I needed them!) and Viagra but they won't cover an Epi-pen to save a child's life.

On Nov 5, 2003

Timmysmom-

I have Aetna POS and they cover my epipens (I don't even have to pay a copay for them). I just thought that was kind of strange since it's the same company, just a different type.

Allison

On Nov 5, 2003

AKINNJ: Aetna HMO doesn't cover our presriptions. Every employer alters their own coverage, to my understanding.

On Nov 6, 2003

I agree with all the others get him tested immediately.

This is so common the lack of info

good luck

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