My 6 year old is no longer contact-sensitive!

Posted on: Fri, 06/14/2002 - 5:13am
Grateful's picture
Joined: 04/10/2002 - 09:00

pI want to share our great news with all of you because I know how encouraging it is to me to read positive stories about pa!/p
pWe knew our son was allergic to peanuts when he was 11 months old because he reacted twice with contact dermatitis wherever peanut butter had touched his face. He has since tested positive with a skin test (4++) and a level 5 CAP RAST result of 87.5./p
pHe turned 6 recently and we went back to the allergist who suggested we put peanut butter on his hand to see what would happen since we were fairly certain he had been having contact at school without reacting. (No handwashing after lunch, lots of hugging and hand-holding, etc.) Well, after 20 minutes of having a dime-sized glob of pb on the back of his hand absolutely no reaction! [img][/img] We are thrilled to no longer be concerned about contact although we are planning to not tell anyone because we are afraid people may be less careful (is that really possible? LOL) if they know this! Anyway, we await the results of a new CAP RAST to decide whether to proceed with an oral challenge which my son, my husband, and I really want! I will post the results when I get them!/p

Posted on: Fri, 06/14/2002 - 5:22am
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Joined: 03/12/2002 - 09:00

This is WONDERFUL news! Oh it gives me HOPE. And somedays, that's all you need. Thanks! [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 06/14/2002 - 5:36am
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Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Thanks Grateful for letting us in on the great news!
I hope for a negative Cap Rast for your son!

Posted on: Tue, 06/25/2002 - 4:11am
Grateful's picture
Joined: 04/10/2002 - 09:00

Well, bad news on the CAP RAST results. This time my son tested level 6 (over 100). The doctors won't consider a challenge, of course, and said we need to wait for an accidental exposure to see whether he is, in fact, still allergic. (The doctor said that the CAP RAST does not correlate directly with being allergic; but is highly predictive). The problem is, the only accidental exposure he would have is from undeclared peanuts in a "safe" food, so if he doesn't react, we won't know that he actually tolerated peanut!
I'm still excited about his passing the contact challenge, though! I read somewhere that the RAST is the last thing to show negative if an allergy has been outgrown so I still have hope!

Posted on: Tue, 06/25/2002 - 11:59am
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Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

did the PB bother your son at all? We did something similar with my 14 yo this week. We put PB on his arm and he said it was a burning feeling and couldn't wait for me to take it off after 5 minutes. It left NO mark or anything. None of my other kids felt that way when we experimented on them. WHY are you doing this you wonder? Well, my 14 yo c/o chest tightness and stomacheache if eats peanut but no further reaction than that. Had a skin test two years ago that was 5+. Had a RAST test two weeks ago that was negative (.05). He is scheduled for a food challenge on July 3 and the pedi thinks he is not allergic at all. Which would be just fine with us--we just want to know the TRUTH so we do all the right things. Terri

Posted on: Wed, 06/26/2002 - 3:01am
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Joined: 04/10/2002 - 09:00

It didn't bother him at all! In fact, he was so excited that he wanted to do it again the next day. He was looking forward to a food challenge. Best of luck to you; I think you're right to have the challenge. I would have one for my son if I could. It really is the only way to know for sure!

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