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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 11:18 am 
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We're taking my daughter to the hospital tomorrow for her peanut food challenge. Part of me is scared, part of me is eager to find out once and for all if peanuts are the culprit.

My daughter already said if she passes the challenge, she will still carry her epi-pen.

I'm almost hoping she is allergic to peanuts, only so that we know what it is she reacted to.

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15 year old - asthmatic, allergic to cats, dogs, horses, waiting to be "officially" diagnosed for anaphylaxis
12 year old - asthmatic, allergic to tree pollen and mold, OAS
Husband - Allergic to amoxycillin
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 1:49 pm 
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Good luck Nicole. Hope all goes well!

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DD age 7 1/2 - milk, eggs, chicken, peanuts, treenuts, cats, dogs,
DS age 2 1/2
Husband- asthma, eggs, treenuts, fish, shellfish environmental
Self - penicillan, eurithromiacin, mild laytex allergy.


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 2:48 pm 
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Good luck! Our fingers are crossed for you!

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1 son allergic to eggs, and has outgrown peanuts
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 6:53 pm 
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Thanks! I'll keep you posted. (Literally! :lol: )

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:23 am 
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what do you mean a food challenge ...can't you get a allergy test done with a blood sample or s'thing? Good Luck!


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 9:35 am 
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GOOD LUCK!

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16-year-old son: peanuts, nuts, raw egg whites, asthmatic
Self: allergic rhinitis, fragrance/chemical sensitivities, oral allergy syndrome


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:41 am 
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Fingers crossed, Nicole.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2007 4:22 pm 
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The peanut challenge was successful!!!! :D

We were there for 4 1/2 hours and she went up to 9 peanuts with not so much as a symptom. So peanuts are crossed out for good!

The dr. now wants to proceed with a popcorn challenge which we booked for March. If and when popcorn/corn are ruled out, then she is to carry her EpiPen for a while longer, but we are to assume that she is definitely not allergic to those foods.

Samira, if you look at the following thread, you can read my daughter's story:

http://www.allergicliving.com/forum/vie ... php?t=1229

She has had many skin tests and 2 RASTS, all negative, but because she had a reaction after eating peanut butter the 1st time and popcorn the 2nd time, logically, the next step is to have her eat the suspected foods in a hospital setting, in a controlled medical environment.

It could very well turn out that there is no logical explanation for her reactions, it happens sometimes.

After the challenge, we went to eat a muffin at the hospital café. We didn't have to worry about cross-contamination!!

I sincerely hope everyone on this board gets to experience the same sense of relief someday.

Thank you all for your support. I'll still be around the board, but for asthma and OAS only. I know we still have to go through the popcorn challenge, but my gut feeling says that she will be okay. :wink:

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15 year old - asthmatic, allergic to cats, dogs, horses, waiting to be "officially" diagnosed for anaphylaxis
12 year old - asthmatic, allergic to tree pollen and mold, OAS
Husband - Allergic to amoxycillin
Self - Allergic to housework only


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 2:42 pm 
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That's great news Nicole! I wish you guys all the best at the popcorn challenge and let's hope she doesn't have anymore reactions!
Could it be that the reactions she had were completely asthma related? (I can't remember the other symptoms she had during her previous reactions...?)
Anyway, I'm really happy for you! :D


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 5:11 pm 
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Congratulations Nicole.

How wonderful for your daughter!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 1:16 am 
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Absolutely fabulous!! :)

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Husband: no allergies
Me: allergies to some tree that flowers in May
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 11:20 am 
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I am SOOO happy for you and little bit jealous for me! :oops:

What a huge relief.

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DS- 10, allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, sesame and chick peas (who'd a thought?)
DSecondS - 8, none!


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:43 pm 
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samira_asif wrote:
what do you mean a food challenge ...can't you get a allergy test done with a blood sample or s'thing? Good Luck!


Samira - you can get a skin test or a blood test, but the "gold standard" test (once the skin and blood tests have indicated that you might not be allergic to the food) is to actually eat the food. Obviously you should do this under a doctor's supervision if you have had an allergic reaction to the food in the past - in other words, don't try it at home.

But the one guaranteed way to prove that you are not allergic to a food is to eat it and not react. And that's what an oral food challenge is all about.

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:45 pm 
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Nicole - that's awesome news. Congrats to you and your daughter. I hope that things go equally well with the popcorn challenge!

K.

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- DS1 (12 yrs): allergic to cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, potatoes, some legumes, some fish, pumpkin seeds; OAS
- DS2 (1o yrs): ana. to dairy, eggs, peanuts; asthma


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 17, 2007 11:17 pm 
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That must have been a bit of an ordeal. I'm glad it went so well for your daughter.


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