Please help, They want to re-test him!!!!

Posted on: Thu, 10/25/2001 - 9:53am
chasie's picture
Joined: 07/20/2000 - 09:00

To make a very long story short, they want to re-test Jason. I'm not sure about the diff testing they do or the ranks(?)When we 1st found out they did a skin test. They didn't give me a score/ rank.What is a rank, and should they have given me one w/ a skin test? And with a PA is it safe to do the skin test to see if there is any other food that he shouldn't have? I hope someone can clean this up for me so I can go in there w/ some info. Thanks Val

Posted on: Sun, 10/28/2001 - 4:04am
Jandy's picture
Joined: 05/21/2001 - 09:00

Hi Chasie,
There have been many posts related to this topic Skin testing vs CAP RAST (blood test) you may want to do search to get more info. If your child has had severe reaction or one to the skin testing itself then I'd (as a Mom) not retest by skin specially to nuts- at age 6 we did for my son and he had very large welts at peanut site and his sides and on his back- allergist was surprised at reaction-I've decided that CAP RAST testing is the safest for my son as blood is drawn the his top food allergens are retested every year. The scores can vary from year to year and he has outgrown some others are still way to high to consider food challenge in hospital setting. Don't panic if scores are high- doesn't coorelate into more severe reactions. Anyone who is allergic needs to aviod it. And go by history of reactions re smell/ touch sensitivities. I hope this helps.
How old is your child?

Posted on: Sun, 10/28/2001 - 5:08am
Still Head Cook's picture
Joined: 10/20/2001 - 09:00

I would not put my child through another skin test. If its to have blood drawn for a Rast or Cap Rast that to me is no big deal and I would do it yearly if insurance would pay. But skin testing is horrrible in my experience. And there were plenty of false results that made me feel like it was a waste of time. My son had to live on Benadryl for a week afterwards. Never again.

Posted on: Sun, 10/28/2001 - 8:03am
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

I too, will never have my child skin tested for nuts/peanuts, only a blood test! Does anyone know how many other foods can be tested by blood test; or are most done by skin test? Thanks!

Posted on: Mon, 10/29/2001 - 3:13am
deeanne26's picture
Joined: 11/06/2000 - 09:00

My daughter recently had a CAP RAST test and it covered her allergies of egg, dairy and peanuts. I believe her doctor indicated it would also check shellfish. I don't think it covered treenuts. I'm going to research for more info on Dr. Sampson. He is the leading peanut researcher in the U.S. and helped develop the CAP RAST test.

Posted on: Mon, 10/29/2001 - 3:13am
chasie's picture
Joined: 07/20/2000 - 09:00

Thanks, I did call to tell them that I didn't want the skin test, but the said it's the best, for them to know what he can't have. Now I have heard differ. So they said they want to do the skin test w/ no nut or p-nuts. How safe is that?
Thanks again

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