Reaction at allergist following testing

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 11:21am
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Today I had my dd retested for food allergies. Turns out she is highly allergic to All Nuts now, not just peanut and cashew. About 20 mins following the skin-prick test, dd started sneezing, sneezing, sneezing and eyes started watering and sinking in. I immediatly picked up on the 1st sneeze that something weird was going on. Dr. called the nurse to get "the kit" after the 2nd sneeze (they were all in a row). By the 4th sneeze, 2 Epi's were injected and Zertec was given. Dd was fine but Very hyped up. They monitored her for about 20 mins and then sent us home. My questions, is this common following testing? It didnt happen the other 2 times we have had skin tests in the past. Should I still look out for signs now or has the worse past? It was scary, but we all stayed calm and handled it well. This was the 1st time we have ever had to give EpiPen. Now that she is allergic to All Nuts, I am pretty scared!!! I was worried enough when it was only peanut and cashew...

Thanks for your help and advise...dont know where I would be without you guys!!

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Helen
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Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 11:30am
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Another question...sorry! Should I give her benedryl at bedtime? She had Epipen and Zertec at 3pm...it is now 8:30. I am just worried about how she will do during the night. Thanks!
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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 11:38am
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So sorry to hear about this. I posted earlier today on another thread about my nephew that had a reaction to a skin prick to re-test for PA. (The other mom is taking her child to the allergist tomorrow.)
I would monitor her, probably even sleep with her. Is she ok now? I sometimes rebound. Some Docs give Benadryl for a couple of days following a reaction. However, the Zyrtec is longer lasting. Why don't you call your allergist before it gets too late. (Good reason for a phone call!)
Will be praying for your DD tonight,
Daisy

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 11:49am
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Oh, and the good news is...you just keep avoiding all nuts as you have done before. With cross-contamination likely, this is pretty common practice. I am allergic to almonds; I avoid *all* tree nuts; and because I am an adult with increasing allergies, I keep away from peanuts, just in case.
Daisy

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 12:16pm
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Thank you so much! I am sorry to hear about your reactions. You are right, we have been avoiding all nuts, this just seems so much worse and more we have to keep her safe from. I did call her allergist a few mins ago and she said yes, to give her Benedryl tonight. Dd sounds a little congested and her peanut and walnut pricks are still a little red and irritated. Thank you again!
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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 12:29pm
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Sorry your DC had this experience, and sorry about the additional allergies. Zyrtec is a slow-release histamine. Benadryl is much faster acting. If you continue to see symptoms, feel free to continue giving Benadryl. We once had to give my DS Benadryl round the clock for a few days, and we had to give Benadryl for a total of approx. 6 days (or was it 5?).
By the way, my DS normally takes Zyrtec at night. The allergist said that it's fine to give Benadryl additionally if there's a reaction. If we're going to keep giving Benadryl doses, we skip the Zyrtec that night.

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 12:33pm
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Is that normal to only monitor for 20 mins after the epi? I, by no means, am an expert but that just seems like such a small amount of time. I think the one time I had to give my daughter her epi, the ER made us wait there for 2 hours because of the epi......or maybe they just made us wait there because thats what ER's do....20 mins seems so little to me.
I hope all is well now though and Im sorry for the scare!!
tim

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 12:38pm
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Helen, sorry to hear about your dd's reaction. Best place to have one though! Just curious...you said they gave two epi's. Did they give one and it didn't work so they gave another after a period of time or just two consecutive shots? Just wondering the reason for 2 shots.
Try to get some sleep tonight!

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 12:48pm
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Thanks for the advise. I will keep the Benedryl going for the next few days and keep a very close eye on her. I thought 20 mins was not quite long enough, but the allergist did keep her stethiscope on dd's chest and back and they check her bp a few times after as well. They gave her 2 consecutive doses...not sure why. I know I shoud have asked, but it all happened so quickly. My guess, the reaction came on so out-of-the-blue and rapidly advancing so they wanted to put a stop to it quickly...
I am ordering her new medical alert bracelet and changing Peanut & Cashew to All Nuts..I hope All Nuts is not too vegue for anyone that reads it.
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Helen
Mom to Alyssa (PA, age 5)
Mom to Theodore (age 3)

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 12:58pm
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Sometimes the *kit* contains a steroid shot, as well as the Epinephrine. And a syringe for Benadryl.

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 1:46pm
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she needs a steroid too, to calm the whole thing down...ask allergist, I am not a doctor.
sorry this happened, I hope she feels better soon!
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