Negative Cap-Rast

Posted on: Thu, 07/25/2002 - 1:41pm
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pHi,/p
pI don't post very often, I usually just read what everyone writes.br /
But my daughter got her Cap-Rast results back today and they are negative (her prick test was conclusive the welt was too small to be measured) Now the next step is a food challenge. The Dr. told us we could try it ourselves at home or wait for our appt. with the hospital, I think we will wait, we're to scared that something will happen.br /
Now if the food challenge comes out negative does that mean we can just go ahead and consider her no longer an allergic child, that seems so weird. I read another post saying that the allergy can come back. Does that mean even tough shes not that we should consider her to still be because it can come back? I don't think I will ever have peanut butter in my house ever again anyways. I have another little girl now, she is now 11 months old and I will keep it away from her totally, I am treating her exactly as though she is allergic too, just to avoid it.br /
I thought I would be jumping for joy when I got this news, but all I have is this huge question mark in my head.br /
Thanks for your replies (this website has saved us)br /
Shirley/p

Posted on: Thu, 07/25/2002 - 1:53pm
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Congratulations on good results thus far. I too would not be totally relieved - once you deal with such a threatening allergy, I don't think it is easy to ever let your guard down but in time, you may find you are more comfortable. I would be like you - forget the peanuts and peanut butter! Who needs it! Maybe still continue to treat her as PA regardless of how further tests come back and have her re-tested again in a year or so. Maybe if you see negative results for an extended period of time, you will feel a little more relieved! Best of luck to you and I think it is good to wait until the hospital appointment. For my info, how allergic was your DD? What were her CAP RAST test numbers previously? How old is she now? HOw old was she when she was diagnosed? What type of reaactions did she have? Sorry to throw it all at you! Again, congratulations and best of luck! Keep your fingers crossed and say those prayers!!!!
Stay well,
Diane

Posted on: Thu, 07/25/2002 - 2:01pm
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To tell you the truth I don't know how allergic she was. She had one reaction when she was 11 months to a little pb on toast, her eyes got all swollen, she started crying and rubbing them and she got hives all over her body. After a cold towel on her eyes, after 20 minutes she was OK. She had hives maybe on two other occasions but I'm almost sure they were because of cold viruses. And she had once vomited violently after eating supper at a friends house?
Her first prick test was from an inexperienced Dr, he said it was positive, it didn't look positive to me. The second prick test from another Dr. and hospital, gave a negative and then they put actual peanuts and pb on the prick to test with that and that came out slightly positive, and now the third time the prick and caprast are negative (but this allergist is very very competent) she is allergic herself.
My daughter is now 3 1/2 yrs old.
Thanks for responding so quickly and for caring.

Posted on: Thu, 07/25/2002 - 10:43pm
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Mommy,
Why don't you wait for the food challenge. I don't believe giving Food Challenges so soon in receiving a neg. Cap Rast is so smart.
If the Cap Rast is negative now get it done next year. If it's negative then, get it done the year after again. Your avoiding peanuts still anyway because of your youngest.
After much reading and learning I think allergists should actually use this as a protocol. I don't think tests are as accurate in determining an outgrown allergy.
I totally believe avoidance for the longest time possible, is.
Hope this helps, but it's just my opinion.

Posted on: Fri, 07/26/2002 - 12:54am
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Mommy,
I'd have to agree with Smack. If you are not going to change your peanut avoidance behavior anyway, why not wait a year? You may not want to risk exposure if she is on the edge of outgrowing the allergy, but isnt quite there yet--you wouldnt want it to reverse all of the hard work you have done in avoiding the allergen.

Posted on: Fri, 07/26/2002 - 1:04am
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I agree. My dd is 21 months old and I am planning on having her CAP Rast done yearly but I am going to wait for a few years of negative CAP Rasts before I even think of a challenge. Your right, what's the harm in waiting if it won't change your ways anyway! But I do wish you the best of luck and am so happy for you!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
kcmom

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