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My son was dx at 10 month old with PA. Long story short his lip swelled after benedryl was administered 2 hours prior so he was considered anaphylactic. He has a follow up visit coming up in few weeks (18 months) and they will do the 1st real allergy test. Unsure if it will be scrtach or blood test. What I was wondering is if I could get some imput on common questions I should ask about testing and results. Any other relevent questions I should ask? Thanks so much, Gail DD 3 1/2 no allergy's DS 18 months PA

On Feb 21, 2006

I asked a lot of questions about the tests themselves. Our allegist did RAST only because my ds already had severe reaction to peanuts, so he felt the skin test was too dangerous. However we did skin testing to rule out other allergies (environmental and non-nut foods).

Other questions I asked-

1) When should the epi be administered...emergency action plan 2) School concerns 3) How is his asthma related 4) Travel with epi 5) Possible to outgrow 6) Benefits of daily meds 7) Treatment of contact reactions 8) Support groups in the area 9) Should he be called if ds has reaction 10) How often does he retest to see if levels have dropped

Hope this helps some. I know the visit can be overwhelming. I would just sit down and brainstorm...think of anything you are concerned about and write them down.

Let me know if you have other questions and I will try to help if I can.

Donna

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On Feb 21, 2006

Donna, Thank you so much, I have question about #6. Do you know if any doctors recomend a daily dose of say benedryl as a "just in case". I had never thought of that till recently.

"6) Benefits of daily meds"

Thanks again, Gail

On Feb 21, 2006

Gail:

I don't think the daily dose is usually benadryl...my son takes Clairtin (loratadine)daily which is an antihistamine, but is non-drowsy. Ask the allergist about a daily antihistamine and see what he/she recommends. Also my son takes daily Singulair. I was not big on the meds at first, but I feel it has really helped my son. However, he is very allergic and also has asthma, so this may be different depending on your situation.

Donna

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