Should I Risk A Skin Test?

Posted on: Fri, 10/27/2000 - 3:46am
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I spoke briefly with my family doctor yesterday re my kids seeing the allergist on Monday and he's not sure that the allergist here will do RAST testing. Now, I had decided to have skin testing done on PA Jesse
(that sounds weird) for environmental allergies and any other food allergies. I already know he's allergic to peanuts so I'm not going to have him tested at all for that.
Now, my initial reason for even seeing an allergist is to find out if my 3 year old daughter is PA before she enters the school system. I was planning to have Ember skin tested for environmental allergies and all food allergies, but, because of her brother's PA, I was going to have her RAST tested for PA. If the RAST test isn't available on Monday for her, should I allow a skin test for peanuts for her? I do have two Epi-pens in my purse should the worst possible scenario (i.e., anaphylactic reaction) occur.
What do you think? Thanks for any information. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Fri, 10/27/2000 - 4:05am
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Personally, I would allow a skin prick test on my child if they have had no anaphylactic reactions to peanuts thus far. I believe it is a reliable indicator (as long as the child doesn't have skin problems).
My son was 'pricked' long before I asked for a RAST test. On his score sheet for the RAST test was a statement along the lines of.."this test is not meant for diagnoses, it is for experimental or informational purposes only" or words to that effect.
I don't know which method incurs more false positives, skin pricks or RAST testing. I'm sure one of our Dr. Sampson groupies has heard about this at the conventions. LOL

Posted on: Fri, 10/27/2000 - 4:12am
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I would allow your daughter to be skin tested for peanuts. Does she show signs of being an allergic child in general? I'm pretty sure my daughter is not allergic to much of anything.

Posted on: Fri, 10/27/2000 - 4:24am
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Bensmom, my son definitely has environmental allergies which I have been controlling with Claritin since he was his sister's age or before. She does not really seem to have any or if she does, they are very mild. However, she does have eczema and very very mild asthma. Eczema has been linked to asthma so I'm not sure if that is the equation there, or if the eczema is an indication of an allergy of some sort. Both children have very mild eczema.
Jesse definitely, right now, is the one with PA, environmental allergies, and worse asthma. Poor little bug! Thank-you for asking.
I'm just starting to get really nervous about the testing on Monday and decided to post the 3 questions I had separately so I wouldn't get answers all together in one thread and be totally confused. It probably irritates a lot of people because they can't answer all in one post, but I'm so nervous and unclear about it.
And, remembering who I was replying to, and trying to get in the practice of it anyway, I just went back in and paragraphed the above!
[img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] Many thanks and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 10/27/2000 - 4:33am
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Cindy-
My son, after his last two anaphylactic reactions, was skin tested for peanuts & tree nuts (which he is allergic to also). At that time I did not know skin testing could cause a serious reaction. He did fine!...I know some do react but you will be prepared and will know what to expect. I think it is best for you to KNOW if she is or not rather then assuming she is and her having a reaction when you are not prepared (I know you are ALWAYS prepared though). Good luck and make sure to let us know how it goes.

Posted on: Fri, 10/27/2000 - 6:28am
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NaomiR, thank-you. No, I definitely need to know if Ember is PA or not before she enters the school system. I can't request a "peanut free" classroom for her if she isn't. I wouldn't say that I'm ALWAYS prepared, although I do always (except on the one occasion I wrote about in my online article) have the Epi-pens on-hand. But, I don't know if simply having them on-hand means you're really prepared when you're going into a donut shop where there is the possibility of cross-contamination, etc. She'll definitely be tested for PA, Jesse definitely is NOT.
Thanks for your advice, concern, and information. Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Sun, 10/29/2000 - 11:26am
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Cindy, I hate to come right out and say yes to the testing,but that is what I did. We were really positive with Christopher and had to see and hear it from an allergis. First of all he had a reaction. The doctor was expecting this and took excellent care of him. He had all test done. He was a year old. he did excellent. The test is not as bad as what people told us. this actually helped us because then the doctor could explain everything we needed to know. You need to remember that the doctor is prepaired for a reaction of any type I would think. I know our doctor was. We just walked right in as if we were taking him to a regular appointment. Of course he was to young to discuss it. I guess I just want to tell you it will be o.k.. We are trying to get Christopher tested again just for an update and he is way to scared. He says even if they told him he was not allergic anymore he would never eat a nut. Just because of fear. Please let me know. Claire

Posted on: Fri, 12/22/2000 - 4:25am
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No way - not in a million years

Posted on: Fri, 12/22/2000 - 3:49pm
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Gennie, I wasn't clear if you were responding to my original thread-starter question or someone else in the thread. What I did with my son, when he went for allergy testing, was this. I asked for them not to test for PA as I already know the answer. However, the way the serum is mixed and comes out there was no way for them not to include the peanut product concoction going on his back.
So, what we decided to do, after finding out that they did have an Epi-pen and Benadryl, was allow them to place the serum concoction on his back but not prick near it. He had a reaction regardless. Because he had a contact reaction, i.e., the serum simply on his skin without the skin being pricked, this simply confirmed for the allergist that he was, in fact, PA.
Now, as far as all of the other things he came back positive for, I'm still trying to figure those out! Again, I'm not clear if you were posting in response to me, but if you were, I wanted to give you an answer as to what had happened. After reading several posts throughout this board, I had decided against having him tested for PA as I already know the answer and didn't want to risk him going into anaphylactic shock.
Season's Greetings and best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Fri, 12/22/2000 - 3:54pm
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Gennie, oh, and sorry, I did end up having my daughter skin tested for PA, as well as the assortment of other things. She was fine. Not PA.
I recognized, only upon re-reading my thread starter that I was probably asking about whether I should have Ember skin prick tested or not.
I really have to say that it was through the input of many caring and concerned individuals on this board that I was able to come to what I consider an intelligent, reasonable decision about having both children tested. Don't test Jesse, as we already know, and test Ember because that was what we really wanted confirmed in the first place. But, it was through the guidance and experience of so many other people that posted in this thread and a few others I started re their allergists' appointment that I was able to decide to definitely NOT allow Jesse to be tested for PA. I consider people here as having kept my son "safe" especially when he did react to contact. For this, everyone does have my heartfelt thanks.
Season's Greetings and Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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