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Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 9:12am
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Hi all, my daughter (now 4 years) has PA. I am amazed that so many companies in the USA are catering for this. It is really hard here. Not many companies provide peanut free prods etc. I had my daughter skin tested last week and now it seems she has developed dermagraphic skin which made the testing impossible and inconclusive. The doctor has suggested a basic diet to try and weed out the food or additive that may be causing these hives and welts. This is hard to do when she has been eating a variety of foods for 4 years now. I feel kind of mean as a Mum.

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 1:09pm
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Hi Heather,
Would getting allergy blood testing (CAP Rast) help? Then sensitive skin wouldn't be an issue. Did the doctor tell you about this option?
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 2:24pm
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Hiya. Thanks for the info. I had seen this (CAP Rast) refered to throughout this site and wondered what it was about. No, he never mentioned it. I need to go back and see him in 6 weeks to see how we are progressing on this diet so I may discuss this with him then or even push for it to be done there and then. I was desperately hoping for an accurate result last week (after waiting 2 years) and am bitterly disappointed that I am none the wiser. He said I needed to wait another year for the skin test.

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 2:38pm
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Allergist here would never skin test PA dd for nuts. She is class VI w/hx of ana. Wouldn't think it wise to skin test anyway. Can't they do blood test?

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 3:15pm
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I will contact doctor and see if we can organise blood test. At least then we know exactly what we're facing and the severity of it and, who knows maybe the severity has decreased (always hope) since 2 years ago.
KRC, class VI w/hx of ana....what do you mean exactly??

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 4:34pm
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Hi Heather, another Aussie here, dealing with PA for myself and dd (13.5yrs). Which part of Australia you from (I from Hoppers Crossing suburb Melbourne)?

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 4:39pm
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Hi Lisa, also from Melbourne - Macleod near Rosanna. Thankfully I found this site, it is great to talk to people experiencing the same thing. I don't personally know anyone with kids with PA. What is dd? So are you PA?

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 7:16pm
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Heather, DD means dear/darling daughter (I think). We,together with my twin sister are all allergic to peanuts (dd also eggs). If you want to have further contact you can email me.

Posted on: Mon, 10/09/2006 - 1:54am
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Quote:Originally posted by Heather:
[b]KRC, class VI w/hx of ana....what do you mean exactly??[/b]
Allow me to translate [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Class VI means class six which means that the blood test gave a result of over 100 kilo-Units of peanut-specific IgE per liter of blood. This is the top of the scale for that test.
"w/hx of ana" means "with a history of anaphylaxis".
Some doctors will not use the skin test for peanut allergy because the test introduces a tiny amount of peanut allergen into the body. For some highly sensitive people, that is enough to cause anaphylaxis.
HTH (Hope this helps!)
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 1:09pm
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Hi Heather,
Would getting allergy blood testing (CAP Rast) help? Then sensitive skin wouldn't be an issue. Did the doctor tell you about this option?
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 1/2 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Sun, 10/08/2006 - 2:24pm
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Hiya. Thanks for the info. I had seen this (CAP Rast) refered to throughout this site and wondered what it was about. No, he never mentioned it. I need to go back and see him in 6 weeks to see how we are progressing on this diet so I may discuss this with him then or even push for it to be done there and then. I was desperately hoping for an accurate result last week (after waiting 2 years) and am bitterly disappointed that I am none the wiser. He said I needed to wait another year for the skin test.

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