Skin Prick test only?

Posted on: Sun, 03/18/2007 - 12:05pm
KaitlinsMom's picture
Joined: 09/25/2005 - 09:00

My daughters allergist has never thought it neccessary to do a cap rast test. She has had two skin test one before her secound b-day and another at age four as we are getting ready to start kinder in the up coming school year. She still tested positive to peanut and he stated that it would be unlikley that she would outgrow her allergy.
My question is should I ask for the rast test? How reliable are the results? After reading some post that say u can fail a skin prick and still not have the allergy is this true? I guess I am still holding on to the hope that dd could outgrow. Even though I live our lives as if she never will I havent even mentioned the possibility to her. I just wanted to get some advice on the matter. we have an allergist visit the end of the month.

Posted on: Sun, 03/18/2007 - 12:17pm
JRB's picture
Joined: 09/11/2005 - 09:00

I am not for sure what a cap rast test is but here is what my allergist did for my ds.
I took him in because he had ecezema real bad and would not clear up. He scheduled a prick test. That day if I did not see it with my own eyes I would not have beleived it in some places he swelled up as big as a quarter right away. After this test was done we went back and waited for the dr. he sent us right then to have blood work done. A couple days later the office called me back to find out if I had epi pens. I was in total shock.
My ds was 18 mo. then he is now 2 and will not be retested until he starts K.
Good luck with everything. This board really helps with ideas but also you have to do what is best for you and your dd.
DS is allergic to cats/dogs, eggs, pa, and dust mites. We are doing great right now but still have mild flair ups and do not really know why.
Best wishes
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Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2007 - 12:32am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

the skin prick test, results are telling the doc what he already knows, your child is allergic. Do you have reaction history to prove it as well, that's a given. My allergist gives us the option(but doesn't push it) to do CAPRAST, so I often ask if I can stop by the lab on the way out. Not everybody does them, I like to watch the numbers myself but we have alot of other food allergies we are dealing with(with higher outgow-rates). As for peanuts, I am pretty over the idea of outgrowing, really...this is who he is and I need to accept it, my son is 6.
If you want the CAPRAST, by all means ask for it(I do), but it probably won't change the outcome, a positive is a positive. 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 and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2007 - 1:18am
kandomom's picture
Joined: 01/12/2006 - 09:00

10yr old DD has been tested just 2x- both skin prick- about 4yrs between tests.
I am not concerned w/ numbers.
But if you want to track numbers- cap rast is for you.
She is allergic and likely to stay allergic.
PA is the only food allergy she has (some environmental) and she eats pistachios and almonds on occasion.

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