Vent about allergist!

Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2003 - 8:22am
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My dd went on Monday for her peanut butter taste challenge. She skin tested + but CAP RAST -. So on Monday, she had the PB and showed no reactions while we were there for it which was about 3-4pm. Later that night i saw red blotches on her upper back, leg, and one hive on her butt. She also had a very red butt, very red ears and very red on bottom of her feet.
The next morning (yesterday) she had 2 bad sores on the inside of her mouth. Her bottom lip and cheek was swelled a bit, and she was talking funny because of it. Not to mention it was painfull to eat with those sores. She still had a really red butt and the hive. Today all is gone except the sores in her mouth. (I made sure she had no unusual foods, just the same things we always have in the house, so those reactions were definitly from the PB) Her allergist was not in yesterday, so i called today and told them of her reactions. Her allergist does not believe it was from the PB. He duz not think she's allergic to it at all. I told him she reacts immedietly to peanut oil, with red blotches all over her face, back and arms within minutes after eating it, and he finds that very hard to believe since he thinks she's not allergic to PB.
What do you all think, are these reactions she had highly unusual or something? She never has these reactions from anything else.
He wants her to come back in MArch for a peanut oil taste challenge, and dd is not looking forward to that. I should mention that she is 4 years old, will be 5 in May.
In your opinion, should i carry Benadrly or should i have an epi-pen?
Obviously, i'm still going to keep her from PB!
Thanks,
Nancy

Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2003 - 8:58am
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IMHO, get an epi pen AND benadryl, cancel the next food challenge and get a new allergist.
It AMAZES me how many allergist out there know so little about PA.

Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2003 - 10:30am
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Hi,I agree with Mitch's mom. rj

Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2003 - 10:52am
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I also have to agree. We've had 3 allergists now. Our kids are too precious to entrust their medical care to someone like that.
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Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2003 - 11:14am
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How can i get an epi-pen? Her allergist won't give one since he thinks she's not allergic to PB. In the US they are not available over the counter. IS there somewhere else i can get one?
BTW, our first allergist laughed at me when i told him about her food reactions, she's also allergic to dairy, food coloring. He refused to test her.
I'm not looking forward to another allergist. This one we have now is in the AAAAl, so i thought he'd be good.
Nancy

Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2003 - 11:39am
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my two pa girls ages 5 and 2 at the time were retested (by skin) for pb. the allergist wanted to see if their allergy was subsiding in any way. they had been at the top of the chart for peanuts as tested at age 1 each. immediately after they applied the skin prick for peanuts both girls noses started running like water faucets and both started crying and holding their throats saying their throats were "burning." i was convinced then that i'm not really hip on skin testing. i'm assuming the reaction would be much worse with a taste challenge. i wonder why your doctor didn't do something a little more conservative if it looked like your child was possibly PA. hopefully you will be able to find a doctor that has a special interest in food allergies and has a more aggressive approach to dealing with them. it is so hard to find someone you can feel entirely comfortable with. we only have two allergists here in our area and neither has a pediatric focus or a food allergy focus. joey
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Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2003 - 12:14pm
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OMG...i just realized that those sores in my dd mouth from the PB challenge are most likely hives! They are big sores, and swelled up.
I can just imagine if i took her for the peanut oil challenge, and he pours the oil down her throat. That will definitly be an anaphlactic reaction there! She reacts big time to peanut.
Maybe i should just go to that appointment, tell the Doc no taste challenge, but just put a little on her skin and watch the reaction...then demand an epi!
Nancy

Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2003 - 12:19pm
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My son had a RAST test done last year that showed an allergy to soy and dairy (never had reaction with these), but not peanut. He reacted twice to peanut butter about 5 years ago and when he had a scratch test done a year later it showed that he was allergic. The doctor said to just continue avoiding peanuts. The doctor felt the dairy and soy were "false positives". He doesn't want to do a prick test or challenge him with peanut because of the risk and the chance of the allergy coming back anyway. I actually felt relieved by that. I wish the allergy would disappear, but unfortunately we can't get a "written guarantee" with that. LOL
I agree that you should get another allergist ASAP. My other child had a rash from amoxicillin about 8 years ago. We did a challenge last year and all went well. Weeks later he was put on Augmentin for an infection and on the 6th or 7th day he got a rash. Some doctors thought it might be the ingredients in the Augmentin, but our new allergist said there is no reason to chance it. He doesn't want him to have any penicillin. Yes, there are coincidences in life, but how strange that your child reacted like that the night after a challenge.
Good luck with finding another doctor. Do you have a pediatrician or family doctor that could prescribe the Epi-pen for you? I had to do that years ago.
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Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2003 - 2:00pm
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As Emmie said, you need to get an epi-pen. Our family doctor regularly writes prescriptions for epi for us, as they expire quite often. I would even consider trying a walk in clinic if you can't get in to see your GP or pediatrician quickly.
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Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2003 - 8:12pm
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I also agree with everyone's advice!
And I would *consider* that when you DD's test come back positive, I would write to this MD, enclose the results, and cc AAAAI that he could be putting children at risk (not to be spiteful but so that someone doesn't get hurt).

Posted on: Wed, 02/12/2003 - 11:42pm
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You're much nicer than me LaurensMom - I'd do it JUST to be spiteful!!

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