outgrowing peanut allergy

Posted on: Fri, 11/19/1999 - 6:15am
jolene's picture
Joined: 11/19/1999 - 09:00

My son, 18, had multiple food allergies as a toddler (milk, eggs) We THINK he was allergic to peanuts as he broke out the same way when I gave him peanut butter once or twice. I never presented it (PB) again, and he has refused to try. Now he is trying for appointment to service academies and has been disqualified because of the HISTORY of allergy. How can I find out if he is still allergic without endangering him, if he IS still allergic to peanuts?

Posted on: Fri, 11/19/1999 - 8:27am
MaryLynn's picture
Joined: 06/25/1999 - 09:00

Have you considered a blood test such as a RAST or a CAP RAST?

Posted on: Sat, 11/20/1999 - 9:45am
Donnamarie's picture
Joined: 11/16/1999 - 09:00

I would also suggest a blood test, such as CAP or RAST. In your particular situation, I would NOT suggest a "skin prick" test--because supposedly the skin prick test will always come out positive if you had been allergic to it in the past---even if you have outgrown the allergy. Thus, it may come up positive even if he's no longer allergic to it. Incidentally, my sister is in the military, and tested positive for pecans and other things--so I don't know if there's any way past that. Good luck.

Posted on: Mon, 11/22/1999 - 2:15am
Kathryn's picture
Joined: 02/17/1999 - 09:00

When there is a possibility that a food allergy had been outgrown, it is possible to make arrangements with an allergist to have a food challenge test done in a hospital setting. The food being tested is eaten in successively larger quantities and the patient is observed for a number of hours to see if any reactions occur. You could ask your allergist about this.

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2003 - 2:04am
robinlp's picture
Joined: 05/14/2002 - 09:00

I have hopes that my son (2) will outgrow it. However, I will NEVER let him eat PB and nuts or ever be w/out his epi-pen. I just don't want to take the risk that it would ever "re-appear" after we thought it was gone. I'd rather be safe than sorry.

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2003 - 2:16am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Hey Klutzi,
For peanuts/tree-nuts I really have a hard time believing that children have actually outgrown this allergy. I believe that those that have passed challenges really weren't ever allergic or weren't given enough time to warrant this allergy as being outgrown.
It's such a scary process that I wonder if those kids out there who have had have anaphylactic reactions to peanuts when they were really young, then supposedly "outgrow" it, are they really eating peanuts/nuts on a reg. basis? Are they a ticking bomb?
Just maybe the body is ready to except something it has rejected for a long time. Then, after having it...decides again to reject it. Who really knows huh?

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2003 - 2:25am
cynde's picture
Joined: 12/10/2002 - 09:00

We don't think our son will ever outgrow it. His reactions are getting worse.

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2003 - 2:55am
joeybeth's picture
Joined: 09/01/2006 - 09:00

according to testing, my girls' sensitivity (pa) has worsened over the years. however, my husband claims he was allergic to peanuts as a child and believes that he has outgrown it. of course, who really knows since he was never officially diagnosed as pa and never tested. his (also undiagnosed) allergy to pecans and walnuts (and i suspect others too), remains with him today though. so..there is the chance that he did have pa as a child and has outgrown it. his mother says it used to make him "very sick" as a child. he also doesn't like any kind of nut or peanut so never has the opportunity to eat them (unless it's accidental). i seen him react to pecan bits he didn't know were in a desert but never to peanuts. joey

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2003 - 5:10am
samirosenjacken's picture
Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

There is no hope for my girls. Since Sam is a class 6 and Marianna may be just as bad, the allergist basically told us this is for life.

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2003 - 6:17am
rj's picture
Joined: 01/19/2003 - 09:00

Hi, my 10 year old son is pn/tna. His numbers are off the charts and worse every year. He doesn't eat pb, may contains or in a fac. of. The last time he had a reaction to eating it was the 1st. time he ate it 9 yrs. ago. (Hope that makes sense.) I don't think he'll outgrow it.rj

Posted on: Fri, 02/21/2003 - 8:41am
Codyman's picture
Joined: 08/14/2002 - 09:00

I just posted a topic under Reactions/Stories (Allergy re-testing -- skin test and oral challenge) regarding my children's recent doctor's visit for re-testing. The doctor did say that about 20% of children outgrow peanut allergy .... doesn't look my daughter will be part of that percentage.
Hopefully my son will not have the allergy ... have to wait and see.


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