retesting- is it dangerous?

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2000 - 3:30am
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

My son has an appointment tomorrow with the allergist and I wanted to get your opinions before we go. He hasn't been tested since he was 2 (now 8)and I would like to confirm that he has outgrown his milk and egg allergies. I am also tempted to retest him for peanuts and maybe find out about some other tree nuts. I trust the opinions here on the board more than anyones! I would really appreciate some advice and possibly some retesting experiences. Thanks!

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2000 - 3:45am
mkruby's picture
Joined: 05/01/2000 - 09:00

My opinion...if he has tested a cat 4 on any of those not re-test. My son was re-tested and it was a huge mistake..HUGE! he ended up being extremely ill, missed ten days of school, had to get shots of epi and something was pure heck and very scary. He was re-tested at age 7 after being diagnosed at 9 1/2 months. Go with your gut.

Posted on: Wed, 06/14/2000 - 4:28am
latymom's picture
Joined: 05/21/2000 - 09:00

There wouldn't be any harm in giving him another RAST test (blood test), I wouldn't think. The skin test might be a bad idea. We don't want our little ones to suffer through a reaction unnecessarily. I will get a RAST test for my daughter next year. She was diagnosed with a skin prick test a little over a year ago.

Posted on: Thu, 06/15/2000 - 12:10am
schierman's picture
Joined: 06/30/1999 - 09:00

I just took my son to a pediatric allergist yesterday for the first time to have allergy tests. He had a bad reaction to peanut butter when he was one. We have kept him away from peanuts ever since. He is now almost three. The doctor wanted to do a skin test for peanut allergy. I told him I thought that might be too dangerous. He did not agree with me and said it was very safe. However, I would not let him sway my opinion! He had skin tests for other allergens, but had blood drawn for a RAST test for peanuts and other nuts. This doctor also mentioned that if he were to have to go to the emergency room, they would have him stay there "for a few hours for observation." I decided not to tell him that that was wrong. He would have to stay there for longer than a couple of hours! Later I was talking to the nurse, and she said the emergency room should observe him for almost 24 hours! How come even a SPECIALIST in pediatric allergy doesn't even know the basic stuff that we know here? It makes me mad. You would think that doctors would want to jump on this site and read about everyone's experiences to gain more knowledge in the subject.

Posted on: Thu, 06/15/2000 - 1:07am
mkruby's picture
Joined: 05/01/2000 - 09:00

That is when you switch allergists if you can. I had to, because the doc firmly believed in waiting until they were 5...if I waited until they were 5, my kids would have been dead.
I have a wonderful allergist who is also a with my kids and the asthma, allergies, and reflux..she is the perfect combination for us...not to mention she is also a mom of allergic twin kids.

Posted on: Thu, 06/15/2000 - 3:05am
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

Thank you for your responses. I didn't get to see them all before we went. I went ahead with the skin testing on the Dr.s advice. They diluted the peanut protein 1 part to 100 parts water. Well still not enough. Thanks to mkruby for your advice. The Dr. wouldn't have recommended the diluted if not for your advice. Well, as you can guess by now, he had a reaction! I will post the details on the reaction board. He is fine now. I am really upset with myself.

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by blprestangen Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:06pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by mom2two Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:03pm
Comments: 18
Latest Post by Kathryn Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:02pm
Comments: 7
Latest Post by TheDaddy Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:01pm
Comments: 9
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 1:00pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:58pm
Comments: 19
Latest Post by desmond Mon, 09/16/2019 - 12:55pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by TeddyCan Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:32pm
Comments: 10
Latest Post by DTurner Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:31pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by B.M.18 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:30pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by abolitionist146 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:28pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by nutfreenyc Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:19pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by AllergicTeen2 Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:18pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by Fri, 09/06/2019 - 1:52pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by mom1995 Fri, 09/06/2019 - 1:52pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by mom1995 Fri, 09/06/2019 - 1:52pm
Comments: 35
Latest Post by Fri, 09/06/2019 - 1:52pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by abolitionist146 Fri, 09/06/2019 - 1:52pm
Comments: 2

More Articles

Because food allergies are so common among children today, a great idea for sharing information with other classmates is to incorporate the topic...

When a child is diagnosed with peanut allergy, the implications ripple past the parents to rattle the rest of us - older siblings, grandparents,...

Your best defense against anaphylactic shock is to know what you’re up against. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction....

Inhalers Sometimes Contain Soy

Many people use inhalers to take the drug albuterol to help their asthma or allergies, and those with COPD...

Some people with shellfish allergy have concerns about consuming sea salt that might be contaminated with traces of shellfish. Though there are...

More Articles

More Articles

Nearly 25 percent of children with a peanut allergy will outgrow it. However, there is a small risk...

Many people managing food allergies understand that allergy is an immune system response to a specific food. What people may not realize is that...

Salmonella Is One of the Most Common Types of Food Poisoning

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Salmonella enterocolitis...

Heading into spring and Allergy and Asthma Awareness month, many people load up on antihistamines and get their inhaler prescriptions renewed. A...

Individuals with severe food allergies always need to carry their epinephrine auto-injectors, but even highly organized individuals sometimes...

Those hoping that epinephrine auto-injectors would be required by law on all U.S. flights will have to hold that hope a while longer. The...

It’s hard to think of Chinese food without thinking of peanuts. China is the world’s leading peanut producer, and that’s not a coincidence....

A young food allergic child is unlikely to say, “My throat is swelling and I’m having difficulty swallowing - I think I’m having an allergic...

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the rights of people with disabilities, including those with asthma and allergies. A disability...

Although it's true that peanuts are in many snack items, there are several snacks that do not contain peanuts. Anyone who has a peanut...

You can make light, fluffy pancakes without eggs or milk. If you have some type of food...

The more things are repeated, the more likely they will become part of what we call “common knowledge,” or things that most people know.


Hives, or urticaria, affect about 20 percent of all people at one time or another. They can start as a simple itch followed by swollen, red welts...

A tomato allergy is rare but troublesome. Tomatoes are in many different foods, including ketchup, chili, and tacos, and are used in salads and in...

If a parent is alert and observing their toddler when peanuts are first introduced, the chance of the child receiving help if she has a reaction...