Positive Test/ Have a Question

Posted on: Wed, 06/03/2015 - 11:33pm
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I am so lost at what to do. My daughter has had a positive peanut allergy test result from a skin test. I am not sure what to do. She has always had peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and recces cup ice cream and candy. The doctor wasn't even concerned about it. I had to ask about it. He said just watch how she reacts when eating the items. I was shocked. I thought he was going to say stay away from them. He said they had research that children with peanut allergy can have peanuts and that he just said to watch her and not limit it. I feel this is wrong and so confused. Should I let her have it or avoid it???

Posted on: Sun, 06/14/2015 - 6:08am
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Allergies are really weird and tricky. I know my allergist has said that some one who has a high RAST on their blood work can turn out to not be allergic to peanuts. They also told me I probably wasn't allergic to tree nuts even though I reacted to them on the skin test like your daughter had and had a RAST that should indicate an allergy to most tree nuts. They tested me for it (by having me actually eat tree nut), and it turns out that I was allergic, but they said it could have easily gone the other way.
If your daughter has been eating peanut products with no reaction, that probably means that she is one of those that for some reason test positive but can still eat the allergen with no reaction. I would have her eat some peanut butter but very slowly, and gage closely for a reaction. If the doctor you saw was not an allergist, it might help, if not just for comfort of mind, to get the opinion of an allergist before you try to reintroduce peanut into your daughter's diet. I wouldn't say it's nessecary to see one, but it might be a good idea if you haven't already!

Posted on: Tue, 06/16/2015 - 7:32am
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If the doctor was not an allergist, you should see one. From my experience an allergist should use the results from both a skin test and blood test to determine if there is a food allergy. I've heard from multiple doctors in our allergist office that the oral food challenge is the final say. If your daughter is eating peanut butter and is fine, then just maybe she is...
What made you get the skin test in the first place?
One of my kids tested positive to tree nuts (positive on skin, negative on blood) and the doctor said it's because her tree allergies (seasonal) is so bad it showed up positive on her skin. She has never had a reaction from eating tree nuts and she does not avoid them because the blood test was negative.

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