We are doing a Food Challenge Sept. 4th!

Posted on: Wed, 08/13/2008 - 5:02am
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Ok, I've finally comitted to doing the food challege at my Allergist's office!! Im so nervous about it I could puke!
Remember, my soon to be 2 year old has never actually had a reaction..he was skin tested and blood tested all before he was even on solid food and the pn was the only thing that came back positive, so we've always just avoided all things peanut.
So, instead of avoiding for the rest of his life and not knowing what type of reaction he may have, we're going to find out!!
Also, something interesting. I dont know if I've missed the allergist say this all the times before, but it sounded very new to me..let me know what you think about this....
He said, all the test shows is whether or not the body has antibodies to that particular sustance (ie peanuts) Now whether or not the antibodies react during exposure is what makes for the allergy? Are you following? It makes sense to me...but I feel like I've been living in fear for 1.5 years and maybe shouldn't have been..because like i said, I do not even know what type of reaction my baby would have because he's never been knowingly exposed. The doc said a positive test result does not necessarily mean a peanut allergy, it just means there are antibodies present.

Anyway, feedback please!

Posted on: Wed, 08/13/2008 - 5:37am
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A positive test result *could* mean allergy or anaphylaxis. It could also be a false positive on the test. The only way to know for sure is if your child reacts. Most doctors will not even do a food challenge on peanut without low enough RAST score numbers and a skin test first. If that is clear, then they proceed with the challenge.
Good luck with this. It's far better to do this under doctor supervision than to attempt anything like this at home.

Posted on: Wed, 08/13/2008 - 8:33am
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Good Luck with this! yes, he is right my allergist has said the same to me... a positive test only means a positive test. you will never be sure unless he has a reaction. That said... has he done a skin prick test? I have heard that rast is not as relable as skinprick when determining positive or negitive just the level? anyway
Musch much better to do it under Dr supervision than find out the hard way like most of us did.
let us know how it goes!

Posted on: Wed, 08/13/2008 - 11:08pm
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I guess I dont know the difference between a skinprick test and a RAST? When he was first tested, they used these little things sord of resembling combs, and put a bunch of dots of all these different things all over his back. Is that the RAST?

Posted on: Thu, 08/14/2008 - 1:47am
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JAILYNN76 what you are describing is the skin prick test. The rast test is a blood test. Good luck with your challenge!

Posted on: Fri, 08/15/2008 - 6:13am
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Thanks for setting me straight SkyMom!!

Posted on: Sat, 08/16/2008 - 11:32am
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I know of 2 children who "blood tested" positive for peanuts even they ate peanuts all the time. They both passed the food challenge and have not had a reaction.
My 10 year old had 1 reaction at 18 months and tested positive at 3. We've never had to do a food challenge, so I wish you luck. I'm sure you're quite nervous.

Posted on: Sun, 08/17/2008 - 11:20am
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How exciting! My daughter had a negative RAST this year, but a positive skin test. I am hoping some day we'll be able to challenge. We'll see.
Let us know how it goes!

Posted on: Tue, 09/09/2008 - 3:54am
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Wellllllllllllllllllllll........................IT WAS A SUCCESS!!! My baby boy (2) had 3 bites of his PB&J and NO REACTION!! Not even any bumps around his mouth!! I was a nervous wreck waiting for something to happen..but nothing ever did!! Hooray!! He actually handed me the sandwich and in 2 yr old talk, he said 'Mommy, don't like it either.' Is that funny that he doesn't even like it anyway!! lol
Im still very nervous and have a lot of 'what-ifs', like what if he didn't eat enough, what if it takes alot for him to have a reaction, blah blah blah, so Im still carrying the epi pen every where we go for now. And Im not throwing everything peanut at him anytime soon either, but we do feel a little bit more relaxed now knowing that if he does come across some peanut butter, or product, he's gonna be alright!

Posted on: Tue, 09/09/2008 - 4:51am
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YAY!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! How exciting for you!!!! Always good to hear stories of passing OFC!!!

Posted on: Tue, 09/09/2008 - 4:57am
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congratulations!! I know the feeling as my dd just passed hers at the end of July. It is a funny feeling isn't it?
Best wishes to you. Does he have any other allergies, or was that it?
Kara

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