Possible PA Misdiagnosis?

Posted on: Tue, 04/21/2015 - 5:52am
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Joined: 01/28/2015 - 14:13

Our 8 year old son was recently diagnosis with a severe peanut allergy. I am skeptical because he regularly eats food with peanuts and has never had any issues. How can he have such an allergy and not show any problems? Is it possible he was misdiagnosed?

Posted on: Tue, 04/21/2015 - 9:46am
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Joined: 06/21/2013 - 11:03

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Our Answer:
Thank you for your question. It makes sense that you would be skeptical of your son’s diagnosis since he’s been able to eat foods with peanuts without any problems. Additionally, studies have shown that misdiagnosed food allergies are actually quite common.
First off, food allergy testing can lead to the misdiagnosis of a food allergy. Find out how here.
Furthermore, food allergy tests have been found to be up to 98 percent inaccurate. Read about this surprising finding here.
Luckily, researchers are currently developing a diagnostic test specifically for peanut allergies that is more reliable. Learn about how this new testing method can prevent misdiagnosis here.
Other research findings suggest participating in an oral challenge or food challenge under the supervision of a medical professional is the only way to determine a true food allergy. Here’s a previous discussion among our members about what to expect at a food challenge.
We asked our Facebook community for their input, and here’s what they had to say.
We hope you find this information helpful and get a correct diagnosis for your son. Take care!

Posted on: Tue, 04/21/2015 - 11:36am
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Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

Was he diagnosed by an allergist? I have also read that there is a lot of miss diagnosis. My son had a clinical reaction to peanuts... ( he ate it for the first time and almost immediately had hives and lips swelling etc... ) We then went to the allergist to confirm. He did a "panel of food allergies" he tested positive to tomato. He eats tomato's almost every day.... My allergist said if he is eating it with no issue don't stop eating it. It is a false positive. The peanut allergy came back high but was legit because he had already had a reaction. So I would check with your allergist and question why he has to stop eating it. Maybe the will do a food challenge to determine if he really allergic. I would however still keep the epi-pen with you just in case.

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