Need Advice

Posted on: Fri, 12/10/2004 - 6:46am
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Hello all. My 2 year old son was diagnosed with a peanut allergy in August by scratch test. He has not had a reaction that we are aware of and prior to his testing my husband admits giving him an occasional Reeces peanut butter cup. He was scratch tested because they were testing him for other allergies and I asked to do peanut too (Who knows why. Mothers intuition maybe.)

Anyway, I have been reading these boards and learning quite a bit. Thank you all for sharing your experiences and providing such a great resource to those new to all this.

I need advice. We took my son to the allergist again yesterday for scratch testing for environmental allergens. I asked the doctor about blood testing for his peanut allergy and if that was appropriate as a way to monitor changes for the future. (I have obviously become much more informed reading these boards about the RAST test) His answer was "no, we can test in a few years. He just had a scratch test a few months ago. He has a peanut allergy, just don't give him peanuts."

I was angry to be shut down like that. All I want is what is best for my son and to be informed and aware. This doctor is someone who has been mentioned on these boards and is supposedly very good. I am not at all impressed and realized that he did not answer any of my direct questions abut anything. I can't believe a doctor would shut down a patient who is informed and concerned about their care.

In any event, I will not be going back to see this guy. Can our pediatrician handle this type of issues or do I really need to see an allergist? I live in Massachusetts. Can anyone suggest someone either in or preferably north of Boston? I believe the blood test is important, if only as a way to be informed of what the true picture is. Do you agree?

Thank you for reading this and thank you if you reply.

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