I didn't think to ask the doctor this. My daughter had the scratch test yesterday. He tested her for peanuts, walnuts, almonds and pistachios. She was only positive for the peanuts. He did tell me the allergy is very erratic so it needs to be respected. So far the only reaction my daughter has had from peanut butter was hives. When she had the scratch test 1 of the hives showed up almost instantly and by the time the doctor came back to check her (15 minutes later) she had at least 5 of them about the size of a dime. Does anyone know how severe that reaction is? All he told me was it was a strong positive.
Also, she had the test at 11am yesterday and by 7:30pm last night she still had bumps where the hives had been (they were smaller but still there) a little benedryl and they were gone.
I will probably call the doctor on Monday once I have had a chance to absorb the information and think of more questions.
On Jan 11, 2008
Well, I'm not exactly sure what you're asking, but that was not severe in the scheme of things since reactions can range from a few hives to death but that doesn't mean much. You never know what the next reaction will be like especially since the scratch test is essentially another exposure and in many cases each exposure makes the next one worse. If you're wondering 'how allergic' your child is well there really isn't a reliable way to judge that so strict avoidance is necessary in every case.
On Jan 11, 2008
Thanks. You answered my question. I know to avoid peanut at all costs.
On Jan 12, 2008
I a gree totally.. my do said that a peanut allergy is peat allergy is a peanut allergy. it doesn't matter what catagory it is in because you can be " mild allergic" and still have a severe reaction. so yup.... strict avoidence.
Sorry for positive test...