May have outgrown allergy!

Posted on: Tue, 03/09/2004 - 1:36am
awomick's picture
Joined: 05/16/2002 - 09:00

Just a quick note to let all of you know that my son may have outgrown his PA. Two years ago he was a 4+ and this week he retested at a 2+. He will have an open challenge in 6 months when he turns 5. We are cautiously optimistic. I will let you know what happens.

Posted on: Tue, 03/09/2004 - 2:05am
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

Does a 2+ mean that he has outgrown PA? Wouldn't testing a Zero (0) mean that he has outgrown it? Just curious as I don't know.

Posted on: Tue, 03/09/2004 - 2:09am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

I'm just curious as well as to why just because his numbers have come down your allergist would think that he has outgrown it? Also, is this the class your referring to?

Posted on: Wed, 03/10/2004 - 1:58am
awomick's picture
Joined: 05/16/2002 - 09:00

The 4+ to 2+ was on the skin test. 2+ is considered negative. My understanding is that the skin scale is 1+ to 4+ with 1 & 2 being negative and 3 & 4 positive. Someone correct me if I am wrong!His Rast was also negative. He has had no reaction since diagnosis so she comfortable ordering the challenge.

Posted on: Wed, 03/10/2004 - 2:11am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Wishing you and your son all the best in his upcoming challenge.
Keep us posted on the outcome.

Posted on: Wed, 03/10/2004 - 2:16am
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

Thank you for explaining! Keeping fingers crossed that all goes well with the food challenge. Good Luck [img][/img]
Please let us know how it goes.

Posted on: Wed, 03/10/2004 - 2:57am
StaceyK's picture
Joined: 05/06/2003 - 09:00

I hope 2+ is negative because my daughter was 2+ and that took 30 minutes. At the normal 15 minutes, her test was ZERO. The year before, it was 4+. Her allergy appt is today (a new allergist) - I am going to ask for a blood test. I am hopeful for both of us!

Posted on: Wed, 03/10/2004 - 9:50am
Codyman's picture
Joined: 08/14/2002 - 09:00

If there is ANY reaction on the skin, wouldn't that indicate a positive reaction?
My son was given an oral challenge but only after the skin test showed NO reaction at all. Had there been any redness, swelling etc. the doctors wouldn't have given him an oral challenge.

Posted on: Wed, 03/10/2004 - 11:01pm
Sandy's picture
Joined: 05/27/2002 - 09:00

I would be a little leary about taking the challenge if he still is a 2+. Sometimes a 4+ can have the same reaction as a 2+.
Good luck and keep us posted.

Posted on: Thu, 03/11/2004 - 8:37am
awomick's picture
Joined: 05/16/2002 - 09:00

I think you may be thinking about Rast classes. I have heard that with rast classes that a 2+ can be as severe as a 4+, but Jake's rast was 0. I have always heard that skin classes are different. If you have heard otherwise, I apologize. I guess it goes to show how much contradictory info is out there. 'Alicia

Posted on: Thu, 03/11/2004 - 9:43am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

I just did a search and read a bunch of articles, etc. and this is copied and pasted from one....
"Skin tests
One type of skin test is called a skin prick test. This test is done by placing a drop of a solution containing a possible allergen on the skin, then puncturing the skin under the drop with a needle to introduce the allergen solution into the top layer of the skin. If the skin reacts to the allergen with a red, raised itchy area (called a wheal), it usually means that the person is allergic to that allergen. This is called a positive reaction."
All the articles I read say that if the skin turns red, swells or develops a wheal it is considered positive, and that the skin test is considered more reliable than the rast.
Not trying to bring you down, I think we are all just concerned that your child may have serious problems during this challenge. You may want to get a second opinion.
[This message has been edited by momma2boys (edited March 11, 2004).]


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