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Hello, my 5 year old son had a mild reaction to peanut butter at 18 mos and had 2 positive skin tests in the next 2 years. We have avoided peanuts and recently had a negative skin test and a negative CAP-Rast (the lab was done by Mayo Clinic). I am considering an oral food challenge and wonder if anyone has known other members who have done it sucessfully or not. The food challenge would be done by an allergist and he said we only needed to wait one hour before being sure. I'm skeptical after reading info on delayed reactions. Any thoughts. My reason for wanting the testing is to give my son the freedom from my overprotectiveness and the anxiety that we all live with. Thank you.

On Jul 27, 2001

I would definitely get the oral challenge, but if you don't feel comfortable with the procedure your allergist uses, look for a new allergist.

On Jul 27, 2001

I would definitely get the oral challenge, but if you don't feel comfortable with the procedure your allergist uses, look for a new allergist.

On Jul 31, 2001

Some have had oral challenges done after both skin and blood tests come back negative (or after their allergist has recommended an oral challenge after the results are found to be very low). Will this be in a hospital setting, will it be a double blind test? Glad to see you researching your oral testing options before having any testing done to be sure it will be done in as safe a manner as possible and that it will give you true results?

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On Jul 31, 2001

Hi twin mom,

Adam's younger bother had an oral challenge done in May of this year.

He has never been exposed to peanuts. He had a positive skin test to peanuts at age 2, negative at 3 and negative in May at age 4. We were told he required 2 negative skin tests before he would be orally challenged. He has not had blood work.

We also wanted to know more definitively whether or not he was truly allergic. Our school board requires all children with the potential for anaphylactic allergic reactions to wear an Epi-pen on their body. He begins junior kindergarten in September, and is not the type of child I would feel comfortable wearing one [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]!

His challenge was done in hospital. He had no reaction, and even liked the taste, which we were told was a good sign. We had to wait one hour after the challenge.

We had always had this "gut feel" that he was not PA, but because of the first positive skin test, we had to take the precautions then proceed with the oral challenge.

I hope this helps.

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