re: outgrown peanut allergy

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We just brought our 9 year old daughter in for repeat peanut allergy skin testing and she was negative!!! We were so excited! However, our allergist said we should continue to avoid peanuts and also bring her epipen with us in case of emergencies! Huh??? The allergist said that exposure to peanuts could bring back her allergy. Can anybody help us??? Should she continue to avoid peanuts?

On Jun 15, 2001

I think that this is a hard question to answer for a parent that has seen an attack. some people will probably say give her the nuts and see,whereas myself I would say to avoid them out of fear. Christopher tells me that even if he was told he outgrew the allergy he would be way to afraid to even touch nuts. I know I am of no help to your question,but I don't think that many of us would say Yes just because if I did and your daughter had an attack I would hate myself for saying so. Please let us know what you decide. take care claire

On Jun 15, 2001

MaggieZ What teriffic news! Although I guess in some respects, it is just as, if not more, confusing. I wish I could answer your question. If it were my daughter, I too, out of fear would not let her have peanuts for as long as possible and would always carry her Epi-pen. When was the last time your daughter had a reaction? Andrea

On Jun 15, 2001

wow!! Thanks so much for your input!! I wish I had discovered this site a while ago!! Olivia hasn't had a reaction since her initial reaction when she was a one year old. We've been so afraid to have her try peanuts after her first reaction. Yes, she probably will never eat a peanut butter sandwich out of fear, but at least she won't be afraid to sit next to someone who is eating one. Thanks again for your input...I guess we'll wait and see.

On Jun 15, 2001

I would get a blood test and see if that is negative too. If that's negative, I'd consider an oral challenge.

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