Confusing allergy test results

Posted on: Tue, 07/16/2013 - 2:26am
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Hi I'm new to the world of allergies.
Yesterday my daughter got allergy tested. We found out she has a severe allergy to almonds. Now this is the confusing part they also tested her for peanut. There was a small hive/welt and according to her it was very itchy. When the nurse came back to check on the tests. She wrote down all the allergens on a scale of 1 to 4. The almond was a 4 an the peanut was a 1. She also had a 1 to cats. She was then shown how and when to use an epipen. When the allergist came back to talk about her allergies he said that she obviously has a severe allergy to almonds. He also said to definatley keep away from cats but said nothing about peanuts. I then asked him about the peanuts and he said that it was more of a sensitivity than an allergy. I'm really nervous to give my daughter anything with peanut and I don't know what to do. What do you think?

Posted on: Tue, 07/16/2013 - 6:41am
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Allergy tests are not always 100% accurate, however they can be very helpful! I suggest that you keep your daughter away from peanuts until you know more about just how dangerous her allergy truly is. Also, since she does have a severe allergy to almonds, you may just want to avoid or be cautious when eating other tree nuts, because of the high possibility of cross-contamination. You should speak with another doctor or a food allergist to get more information about food allergies. It sounds like your allergist was very vague, which is unfortunate! While the internet can be very helpful, getting advice from a medical professional is always your best bet.

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