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Posted on: Tue, 10/09/2001 - 1:10pm
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My daughters allergist said that there is no such thing as like everyone mentions on this site - he said that a person is either allergic or not allergic and that there is no higher or lower degree. Is he right? I'm in Quebec, Canada, is it different here?

Posted on: Tue, 10/09/2001 - 1:40pm
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Sounds like your allergist believes what our EX-allergist believed. That only skin tests are a reliable diagnostic tool. I asked about the CAP-RAST test that I had heard about on this site and he really "poo-pooed" it. Not long after that, because of other disagreements about treatment, we dropped him. I still haven't figured out who to see about the blood test, but from what I've read, it can be a helpful bit of information to have.

Posted on: Tue, 10/09/2001 - 1:42pm
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You're doctor is right...to a degree. The test scores everyone here talks about is from the RAST test. I find that this test is very useful in helping to determine what sorts of things one may be allergic to. Without it, I never would have known that my son is allergic to almonds and pecans, but not allergic to walnuts (I wouldn't give him nuts, regardless).
I believe that the test scores can be vague and confusing and not necessarily very scientific. On my son's test result print-out it clearly states that 'this is for informational (educational?)purposes only, it is not to be used as a diagnosis tool or treatment.'
What can be confusing about having these test results is that it is Not a reliable indicator as to what sort of reaction one might have. My son scores a 5 out of a possible six. His allergist says he's never seen a score that high. Yet my son's first reaction was a comparatively mild one. He has never had a reaction since (aside from discomfort smelling pb). Also, b/f I found out he tested positive for almonds, he ate them and almond containing products on a daily basis-with zero reaction.
What I feel useful about having test results is that it has been found that people who score very low have a better chance of outgrowing the peanut allergy. Other's here know more about this than me. I think the figure is about 30% of pa people outgrow the allergy?

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