Re-tested for PA

Posted on: Sun, 01/18/2004 - 11:53pm
Jodi2boys's picture
Joined: 01/23/2003 - 09:00

Just wondering how often you get your child re-tested for their PA? I don't like getting my son skin tested because of the reaction he gets. He never can finish the 15 minute waiting period and gets red welts that travel up his arm. Thanks.

Mommy to:
Jake~ 4 yrs. old- PA
Sam~ 2 yrs. old- Not PA

Posted on: Sun, 01/18/2004 - 11:59pm
erik's picture
Joined: 05/15/2001 - 09:00

I have only had a skin test about once every 10 years. Since I do get a reaction on my skin, there's no point for me to have frequent tests as I doubt I will outgrow the allergy.

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 12:55am
researching mom's picture
Joined: 07/06/2003 - 09:00

Why don't you ask your chld's allergist to do a cap rast blood test first? In my opinion with all the reactions my son has had it is easier with the blood draw versus the skin prick . He really does fine with the blood draw. We just keep him distracted. Just as a sidenote ,when I took my son to Yale I was told they never skin prick on a child for nuts/peanuts because it is an exposure .I imagine they would skin prick if the score came back negative or very low.

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 8:47am
momma2boys's picture
Joined: 03/14/2003 - 09:00

Jodi2boys, hi, my ds has only been skin tested twice, by his first allergist. When we went to the new allergist he said he would never skin test him, his numbers were too high. He did a rast test instead.
My non PA son is terrible with skin testing. He just sits there crying and thrashing because they itch so bad and hive up so bad. At least the blood test is one prick and done.

Posted on: Mon, 01/19/2004 - 9:32am
Jodi2boys's picture
Joined: 01/23/2003 - 09:00

I asked my son's allergist about the rast test instead of skin test and he just said that it was not as accurate. I'm going to bring it up again at his next appointment and also refuse to let him skin test my son again. Thanks!
Mommy to:
Jake~ 4 yrs. old- PA
Sam~ 2 yrs. old- Not PA

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 5:57am
attlun's picture
Joined: 06/13/2003 - 09:00

Trevor has never been skin tested, he's only had blood tests.
Trevor 8/6/01
Harmony 1/22/03
Baby #3 due June 24, 2004!

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 7:06am
samirosenjacken's picture
Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

Both girls were initially tested via skin tests. DD #2 reacted quite quickly and needed 2tsp of benadryl to stop the hives. Now both girls have had RAST tests to monitor their levels. My oldest DD just had her RAST at the beginning of the school year. The docs said due to her age it's doubtful her levels will change (class 5) so I am not sure if they will continue to monitor them. DD #2 is a class 6 and age 5. She will most likely have another RAST done before she goes to school again.

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 9:34am
Codyman's picture
Joined: 08/14/2002 - 09:00

I think this topic has been posted before, if I find the thread I'll raise it for you.
My PA daughter has been skin tested every year since 2 years of age. The last time she was tested (February 2003??) her reaction was more severe, and it was recommended that she be tested in 2years time. It was also noted that she probably won't out grow the allergy.
Both my son and daughter have been skin tested for other allergies every 2 years.

Posted on: Tue, 01/20/2004 - 11:15am
KateB's picture
Joined: 05/11/2004 - 09:00

It is my understanding that the Cap rast test is much more accurate than the skin test, as a person can react just from having their skin scratched.
My son had the Specific IGE blood test done a few months ago, and it is amazingly (and depressingly!) detailed. Is the Specific IGE test the same as the Cap rast test?
Someone else on the board may know more than I do, and I do welcome being educated [img][/img]

Posted on: Wed, 01/21/2004 - 2:14am
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Is the general consensus is get the RAST done every year, if ins. is covering it, why not, right?
More than likely, things are not outgrown one yr to another, but as a check to see if the 'score' is decreasing...
We'll go every 1 to 1 1/2 yrs. Just had it done in Nov, at age 3 1/2.
Caitlin 4-17-00 Allergic to Dairy, Egg, Wheat, Bananas, Grapes, Rye, Sesame, Beef, Garlic, Mustard, Onion, Peas and Avoiding Latex and all Nuts
Sara 2-13-98 NKA (avoiding nuts)
Meghan 2-28-03 dx'ed Reflux - Alimentum feeder, Zantac - 1.5ml 2x/day - RAST neg. for everything.

Posted on: Wed, 01/21/2004 - 12:35pm
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Hi.We have had (and plan to continue) the blood test done after ds is in a "new" phase of growing. By that I mean that he had a test done as a toddler (when he had his first reaction), then we had another one done when he was 5 (out of the toddler stage...into the little kid stage). We probably won't have him tested again until he hits adolescence (sp?). He HATES the bloodtest (his numbers are really high, is not like he is on the edge or anything) and I seem to remember reading that the most likely times for an allergy to be outgrown were as the body matures to new phases. I am sure that plenty of people outgrow things from year to year, but my gut is that he will not outgrow this anytime soon, so we are just retesting at the different "growing" stages.
We have never had a skin test as his bloodtest is always so high that we don't need further confirmation and don't want to risk the exposure.

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