need help with ?\'s to ask doctor

Posted on: Mon, 11/20/2000 - 2:09am
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Hi, I am finally giving in and taking Axel who is pa to the doctor to ask for a referral to the allergist. The reason behind this is since the begginning of November he has had at least 7 different times where he has had hives, red flushed face, itchy eyes, stomach ache, or as he described it his head growing. Each time I could not find peanut in anything. SO now I am to the point of needing to know all he is allergic to. We never needed it before because he had such a bad reaction at 2 yrs that the doctor said it was usesless to test for peanut because of how bad the reaction was. WHat types of things should we take with us to the doctor? WHat type of allergy test is best? What do you need to tell the allergist?

Posted on: Mon, 11/20/2000 - 2:26am
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I'd sugguest CAP RAST blood work as no risk for reaction. Many allergists preper skin prick testing and say it is more accurate. My son's had both. They didn't test enough things with skin testing so we went long time not knowing. If your child has eczema, asthma etc then probably want lots tested foods and environmentals. I will not expose my son to skin testing as he is very allergic and might react from the testing.
Hope this helps.

Posted on: Mon, 11/20/2000 - 6:00am
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Yes Axel has both asthma and exzema. And I don't know why the doctors haven't suggested testing before as they also say he is allergic to strawberries chocolate and amoxicillan. Thanks for the info. Is the CAP RAST the test where they do the blood? forgive my ignorance. He has had the allergies for awhile but I never realized they could be this dangerous.

Posted on: Mon, 11/20/2000 - 6:33am
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Yarnwoman, I started a thread, maybe near the beginning of October, on what questions to ask the allergist as I was taking both kids to be allergy tested. I had great response!
The funny thing was, with both of them in there, one freaked out and the other not, but still both of them running around, I basically didn't get to ask the man anything.
I ended up having both children skin prick tested and for Jesse, although they had to put the peanut serum on him because of the way their concoctions are made and come out of the containers, I made sure that they did not put a skin prick beside the peanut product. He still reacted but not severely.
Now, if you read my post, after having coming home from the allergist, you'll see that I was probably just as dazed and confused [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/confused.gif[/img] as before I went to see the doctor.
I'm hoping that you won't be and that you'll find an answer to Axel's recent reactions. It definitely sounds like something else other than peanut products though, doesn't it.
Anyway, what I was initially trying to say, if you don't get a lot of response, or want extra response, please go into that thread I started and see what people had to say to me back then.
Best wishes and please let us know how it goes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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