Rough couple of weeks and a question

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Matthew is nearly 6 and we've monitored his CAP RAST annually. His numbers fell drastically the first year and stayed low (20 on the CAP RAST after his first/only reaction, following year it was down to 1.09...since them has hovered between 2 and 4 on the CAP RAST).

The results we just completed showed a level of 16. It quadrupled from last year. I don't get it. Have you all seen this after a child enters school? I'm totally speculating but part of me just HAS to search for a reason. We've changed nothing...still a very, very tight comfort zone. But he is in full day kindergarten. We have a peanut free room, but not a peanut free school.

He has not had any reactions this year either at home or school. My mind just keeps wondering if he's been exposed a little at a time somehwere, somehow all year long? I dunno..I suppose I'm reaching.

Also, our 14 month old son just had bloodwork today to check allergies. I avoided all peanuts while pregnant and nursing. Of course his diet is peanut free as well. Whaddaya know, it seems he has a milk allergy. The ped ordered tests for the top 8 and I'm crossing my fingers that milk is the only allergy. A girl can hope right?

I won't go into details but let's just say we went from multiple nuclear type diapers to normal, once a day type diapers once we removed all dairy from his diet.

He isn't anaphylactic to milk so I don't have the same fear if he were to be accidentally exposed, but it sure seems like milk is more prevalent as an ingredient. It's overwhelming, but in a different way if that makes sense.

Anyway, we're learning to do milk/peanut free meals and trying to digest all the info I cadn find. I thought I'd ask the "experts" here if they'd had a similar experience with CAP RAST results for peanut allergy.

BTW, the ped ordered the tests for both boys. We see the allergist in mid-May and I look forward to his input. Until then I thought I'd throw these questions your way.

Any advice, links, etc...about milk allergy, dairy free recipes, etc.. would be appreciated too.

Thanks! Maddy Matthew 5, peanut allergy Nathan 14 months, dairy allergy

On Apr 13, 2007

Have you recently moved? or moved since his last test? I am asking because our DD cap tests doubled, trippled and in one case she went from showing no signs on the cap to >100. We have been wondering if that isn't the cause in her case.

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On Apr 13, 2007

I was thinking along the same lines, especially since pollen counts in southeast have been beyond abnormally high this year. Perhaps this had adverse effect on test results? Hyper-immune system combined with peanut exposure/contact at school?

~Eliz

On Apr 13, 2007

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On Apr 13, 2007

can't different labs play a part in the results as well?? My son's numbers jumped around age 3-4 and then have come down slightly the last 2 years(from 50 to 31)....I've heard they peek around age 3, which your son is past...so I am not sure. I don't think exposures make numbers go up personally(IMO) since(in our case) his numbers have been dropping a little and he has had reactions...so I am not conviced the cause them to rise. Anyways...maybe ask for another CAPRAST once you see the allergist in May, just to confirm if they are for sure up. YOu might end up with 2 high numbers or you might end up with 2 very diff numbers. Good luck though, HUGS

------------------ Chanda(mother of 4) Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma) Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma) Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE) Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

On Apr 13, 2007

That's an interesting question ajasfolks. We DID move...from Maryland to North Carolina last August. A few weeks ago, the pollen was just obnoxious...coating everything in sight with a thick yellow dust.

Thanks for the input...something to think about!

On Apr 13, 2007

When we moved to Maryland the goldenrod and smog gave me the worst headaches I have ever had. I would think extreem pollen (gold dust) would compromise his immune system and make all allergies worse.

We eventualy used stronger air condt. filters, ionizers.... all those environmental allergy items. There was about two week in the spring (around cherry bloosm) and a month in the fall I had problems.

Hope this helps

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On Apr 13, 2007

Same here PeanutMilitia...the cherry blossom blooms did a number on me the two years we were there. Loved to look at them but man did I pay for it!

You all have good points as usual...different labs, bad pollen season. Something to consider (and maybe blame so that my ocd brain can relax ;-).

Maddy

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