Son doesn\'t have to see allergist anymore!

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 3:26am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

His latest CapRast test was 7.06 and he said since he has had 3(CapRast tests) since 2002,he won't outgrow his allergy.

I guess if his Cap was 2 or under they would have considered a Challenge. Anyway, the allergist told my dh that my son would have to wait for the vaccine and our family doctor will inform us when that is made available.

Here's a re-cap of my son's CapRast tests.
We have always tested him in Dec or Jan since he doesn't take antihistamines daily in those months. I personally feel this leads to a more accurate CapRast but what do I know [img][/img]

Anyway, any other parents out there told by allergist to forget about monitoring scores every year or so because there's probably no chance of outgrowing?

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 3:31am
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Short answer. Nope. Not told that at all.
Theres always hopes of outgrowing, and how else, but to yearly test...
[b]* Beyond Obsessed * [/b]

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 3:36am
BriandBrinasmom's picture
Joined: 10/20/2006 - 09:00

Our pediatric allergist doesn't promote yearly tests - says every 2-3 years is fine (unless there's a reason to question the allergy like accidental exposure without a reaction).
For us, the most likely next "window" for outgrowing anything is adolescence - after that, doctor says the odds of outgrowing the milk allergy are pretty much zip, so we'll probably go to a 5 year schedule after this next test (mostly for entertainment purposes).

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 3:41am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

they only space out visits(with my kids) once they hit age 6. For the younger ones we go once a year(or even twice), then once a year, and after age 6, every 2-3 years(unless something new or something out of control going on)
but every doctor is different....good luck!!!
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)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 3:47am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Nope... our allergist doesn't want to "dash our hopes," I suspect. LOL!
I laugh because with DD's egg and pn scores (which have been ROCK STEADY when they weren't headed [i]up into the stratosphere[/i]), there is absolutely NO WAY either allergy is going anywhere. And we all KNOW it. It's like the elephant in the room when we go to the allergist.... he feels like he's supposed to say comforting things to us... but there aren't any, KWIM?
I get more excited about cell culture flu vaccine research than any notion of her "outgrowing" egg...
But he hasn't ordered a new RAST in 3 yrs either... [img][/img] I think he's just trying to be nice.
But stability is the only reason I can think of when looking at those values, smack. DD hasn't ever had a pn RAST that low... [i]we'd[/i] have real hope if she had. But that's me.

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 4:24am
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We still go, and dd's has not gone away. We go yearly mostly to check the egg allergy, however, so we check the nuts allergies as well.
Dd's was once down to 1.14, but no mention of challenge and barely even of outgrowing. I thought it needed to be below .34 or something really low such as that? becca

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 5:30am
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

My son's allergist will not test him for peanuts again until he is 10.
He was tested at 4 with spt to confirm exposure. We did not do a rast at that time.
When he was 6.5, we did rast and spt for eggs, peanuts, shellfish. He outgrew shellfish and eggs which was confirmed with spt. The rast on peanut was very low I don't remember now what it was, but the doctor was very optimistic that he'd outgrown.
SPT for peanut was huge 16 mm wheal.
I've asked for another RAST and he said no, it's not going to change that much in the span since the last test.
I'm going to talk to him again on our next visit and ask more about his rationale.

Posted on: Thu, 02/22/2007 - 12:32pm
lalow's picture
Joined: 03/24/2004 - 09:00

my ds was tested at 16m and at age 4. dr. told us she would test again next year for milk. she said she would wait atleast 2 if not 3 years to test again on peanut. she basically said it isnt going anywhere so no need to test. he didnt have a RAST... just a very big welt on the skin test. I think in a couple years i will see if i can find a local allergist that does RAST testing.
James 5 yrs, NKA
Ben 4 yrs, PA and MA

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2007 - 1:01am
bethc's picture
Joined: 04/18/2005 - 09:00

My DD's allergist doesn't do routine re-testing for PA, at least in her case since she's had it definitely for years. He says they'll re-test when she's an older teen to be sure, but she's not a likely candidate for outgrowing it. We go from time to time mostly regarding her asthma now, but we discuss the management of her PA and get school papers signed.

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2007 - 4:05am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Hi everyone,
I will take him maybe in 3 yrs or so for another CapRast, because there is always hope. It's just not necessary for him to go back every year now because he doesn't have asthma.
If he doesn't go every year then we need to get a referral from our family doctor in order to get him in.
The school form I made his allergist last year write on it that it's noted that he will need his epipen till grade 8, so I wouldn't have to get the form signed every year.

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