My daughter peanut allergy is worse

Posted on: Fri, 01/08/2010 - 4:52am
krissifer317's picture
Joined: 01/04/2010 - 16:20

Hi, I am new to this forum. My daughter was diagnosed with her PA when she was two years old. They said she was a high one on the scale. They tested her when she was 3 and she was a 2 on the scale. Well, she is 7 now, and she is now a 6 on the scale. I am terrified! She has never had a bad reaction, just some hives and that has only happened 2 or 3 times. We do not keep any peanuts or any kind of nuts in the house. I read all labels, food, shampoo, soap, detergents...everything. I am so worried, any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.

Posted on: Sun, 01/10/2010 - 10:05am
BestAllergySites's picture
Joined: 03/15/2009 - 21:46

krissifer317--welcome to!
So you know--scales can be funny things. Not all scales are the same--it depends upon testing. But I do know that many blood scales are made up by the lab that processes the testing and the numbers have no meaning.
For instance--RAST-blood test numbers can go from 0 and up. My son is at 95. something which puts his allergy at a class 6 or 7 per our lab.
.35 or around there is considered undetectable (no allergy) and if the number is less than 14 and there is no history of reaction--it's possible that the result is a false positive.
I don't know what your numbers mean but I do know that ANY allergy can be severe especially when dealing with peanut.
For anyone with food allergies the course of action is to avoid the allergen at all times AND keep your epipen on hand at all times.
I know it's frustrating to hear or see numbers rise--but in theory--to some allergists it means nothing. There are even some with very high numbers that are not allergic at all but are showing up as allergic due to other conditions.
Try not to stress yourself out too much about the numbers and focus on keeping away from the allergens and living your life.
I don't mean to downplay it. I too have scary days. VERY scary days. But worrying too much also affects your quality of life.
Hang in there and any other questions--feel free to ask. It will get easier.

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