Is this normal?

Posted on: Sat, 10/11/2008 - 12:26am
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There is a young toddler that I know that has horrible ezcema. They have tried everything and it just will not get any better. I was talking with his mom one day and it hit me that maybe she should see if it was caused by a food. She told me that it was something she had never thought of. Last night I wast told that this childs mother had voiced her concern to her childs doctor about being allergic to pb and the doctor told her to feed it to him and see. She was too scared to do it at home so the doctor let her feed it to him in the doctors office. I voiced my outrage and was told that he wasnt like my son, he is not allergic. I tried to tell them that the first time my DS had pb there was no reaction. This was told to me by a family member. I go to church with this lady and her family. How do I say something to this mother without making her feel like I am attacking her. This child may not be allergic to anything but what if he is? Please give me any advise that you may have!

Posted on: Sat, 10/11/2008 - 10:18am
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About 60% of eczema is unrelated to food. Why did you feel "outrage"? What do you think the doctor should have done?
You might mention to the mother that she might want to take the child to an allergist as they know food allergies much better than other doctors. *However*, food allergy tests, both skin and blood, are only 50% accurate for positive results and over 90% for negative results. It isn't any longer generally recommended one remove food if the only symptom is eczema. And even if they got a positive result there is a 50% change it is a false positive. That said, when eczema is in the most extreme form it can be a good thing to get tested and temporarily pull any positive foods and then trial them back in if the eczema clears when they are pulled. But most eczema *isn't* related to food.
There are a lot of great posts at kidswithfoodallergies.org about how to treat eczema with wet wraps, etc that is very effective for children with super severe eczema.
I think you might politely just mention to her that she might want to consider seeing an allergist because he/she may be able to help with the eczema and then leave it to her and the allergist.

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2008 - 12:23am
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I have heard of other Doctors saying the same thing. While your right, that the first exposure may not cause a reaction, I would not be comfortable with approaching the woman again about it. There could be other factors involved that you don't now about that the Doctor considered before giving the all clear to eat PB. Lots of things can cause ezcema other than food allegies.
Just my thoughts

Posted on: Mon, 10/13/2008 - 2:48am
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Most kids do try their first peanuts at home,this is normal. Now if my Dr thought my kids (who have a known allergy) had outgrown their peanut allergy and he suggested that they try them at home, I would be outraged. KWIM?
BTW my no known food allergy dd does not eat peanuts and tree nuts, has been tested for a variety of food allergies and she still has eczema.

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2008 - 8:08am
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We found out that ds had pa/egg due to ezcema. He had ezcema every since he was born. We saw several dr.'s about this matter. When my friend saw how bad his legs were (cracked open and running) she suggested an allergiest. I made the appointment because this was my last resort. He was 18 months old and was skinned tested. He was positive with peanuts/eggs, cats/dogs, and dust mites. If I did not see it with my own eyes I would not have beleived it. He swelled up bigger than a quarter on each spot. We went to the ER for blood work that day. Two days later they called with the results. He needs an EPI pen now. His numbers were over 700 for peanuts.
He is 4 now and had an egg food challenge this summer and passed. Still positive for peanuts. This is a very scary thing to deal with but we are making. Ds is the youngest of three children and the only one with food allergies.
I hope your friend will be understanding because if it was not for mine I don't know where we would be.
Good Luck,
Suzette

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