Retesting after 7 years


I am new to this board and hopefully am not asking a question that is asked over and over! If I am, please forgive me. I have an 11 year old PA child that hasn't been tested in about 7 years. She has had no reactions in that time. How often do most of you request retesting? Also, she has only ever been tested for peanuts specifically. Should she be tested for other foods also? Just curious on the overall concensus of all of you wise moms and dads out there! Thanks.

On Feb 19, 2002

Hi, me again, I would most definitely ask for your doctor to give her a test for tree nuts. Sometimes they are allergic to all tree nuts as well or just a few or none...but its good to know. Has she had the Cap Rast? As far as testing, I don't know how what the norm is as far as how often they should be re-tested.Since my son's diagnoses he has been tested for peanuts the first time, then peanuts and tree-nuts the second time, then just had the Cap Rast done and I'm still waiting for the results. I think your child should be re-tested every time that your medical plan covers (yearly)because it's interesting to see numbers from the Cap Rast and if they are going down, up, or staying consistent.

On Feb 19, 2002

Hi Redwinglover. Are you from Michigan by the way? I am and enjoy watching the Red Wings too (if that is what you mean by your screen name!). Maybe you like red winged birds and I am assuming you like the Red Wings hockey team! Anyway, on your question, my son's allergist said he would re-test my son if he hadn't had a reaction in 3 years. He has only been skin tested - not CAP RAST tested. He goes for a check-up next month so I plan to ask them about doing the CAP RAST test then. We have also had him tested for tree nuts, shrimp, dust mites, milk, soy and cats (this was at the advice of the allergist) as they are other common allergins (plus we thought he had a reaction when he was around a cat once). I hope this info helps!

On Feb 20, 2002

You were right - Red Wing Hockey! Love them! And yes, I am from Michigan. Thanks for your reply Jodi. I am going to have her retested. I also need to find a new allergist as I wasn't real thrilled with her last one. His credentials are good, but no personality and that is hard with a child. She hasn't had a RAST in probably 8 years or more and her last skin test was at about 5-6 years old. She is almost 12 now. I would like to have further testing done. We have always avoided nuts of any kind, but it would be nice to know for sure. Thanks for your response!

On Feb 21, 2002

Yeah, a Michigander on the Board! If you want, you can e-mail me. I would be curious to know what part of Michigan you live in. I too had a hard time at first with my son's allergist as I didn't like him - even though he was recommended, credentials, etc... Not many allergists available to go to in my area.

On Feb 26, 2002

To Redwinglover, my son's last allergy testing was at 5 or 6. He has now just had his 13th birthday, and the pediatrician advised us to have him retested, which we are in the process of doing, with the understanding that now that he is older, these test results will probably indicate his adult level of allergy (and so do not need to be repeated, at least for the next 10 years). This allergist did environmental skin tests and then blood tests on all the foods including peanuts, to which he has had reactions. Because my son tested negative on some foods (but positive on peanuts), we are moving on to skin testing for those, and later, perhaps to supervised food challenge. I should mention that he is asthmatic as well. I gather from the allergist that the tests are most useful in conjunction with your child's experience and past reactions, that skin tests and blood tests are not by themselves 100% definitive. If your son is 11, it's probably a good time to have a full work-up.