peanut challange

Posted on: Sun, 12/10/2000 - 3:41am
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Hi--I posted in reaction/stories, but not much of a response. Any info regarding peanut challanges? The FAN sent info out that stated that the only true way to know if you have an allergy to a specific food is to do a food challange even if you have positive RAST and skin test. You can actuallly have positeve tests and not have a true allergy to the food. My son at 1 1/2 got blotchy from peanut butter. No problems breathing. The blotchyness went away without treatment. He also has gotten blotchy from foods that I have been assured have no peanuts. Go figure. I would only do this at the allergists office in a controlled setting. He is 3 now. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated

Posted on: Sun, 12/10/2000 - 4:06am
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If it were me; I would not challenge until age 5. I diligently kept my daughter away from all peanuts and nuts until age three, because she had milk and egg allergies, and I wanted to be cautious. We tried peanut butter three times (age 3 1/4) with no reaction at all. Then, the fourth time she got tiny hives around her mouth. The allergist said we should consider her to be allergic, and keep her totally away from peanuts. We did this, but felt so glad that our daughter apparently had only a mild peanut allergy. We even had hope that she would outgrow it. Well, she was given a peanut butter filled pretzel by a neighbor child, (by accident, of course) at age 4 3/4. She had a near anaphylactic reaction. Needless to say, we no longer feel that her allergy is mild. When we found out that she had eaten the pretzel my immediate thought was "now we will see whether she gets hives again, or whether she has outgrown it". Instead of just hives; we had one very, very sick little girl.
In hindsight, I wish that we had waited until she was five to try the peanuts. Maybe her immune system would have been even more developed by then. It's impossible to say, now, but it couldn't have hurted to have waited.
Oddly enough, I feel that a peanut challenge wouldn't have shown anything in our case, since she didn't react until her 4th known exposure.
Good luck in your decision. I do agree that the allergy tests are not very meaningful without a real life experience to back up the evidence.
Let us know what you decide, and how it goes.

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