retesting- is it dangerous?

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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!

On Jun 14, 2000

My opinion...if he has tested a cat 4 on any of those allergens..do 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 else..it 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.

On Jun 14, 2000

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.

On Jun 15, 2000

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.

On Jun 15, 2000

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 pulmonologist..so 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.

On Jun 15, 2000

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.

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