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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 5:40 am 
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I also meant to add, regarding what Gem wrote about her allergist saying that her child had a mild to moderate tree nut allergy (and I'm hoping you all know what I am going to say): the experts that I have come across have always said that there is no such thing as a mild peanut or tree nut allergy, for the very reason that you cannot predict the severity of a reaction, as well as the fact that so many food allergy reactions are caused by peanuts and tree nuts.

I have always been under the impression that if you have a peanut or tree nut allergy, you should be prescribed an EpiPen. And obviously if you have been prescribed an EpiPen (or Twinject), you are at risk of a severe allergic reaction.

Gem - did your allergist prescribe an EpiPen or Twinject? (I hope so!)

K.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 09, 2007 1:05 pm 
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Yes.

I find labelling the allergy misleading and can give people a false sense of security. My friend had a blood test done on her child and the allergy rated low. They were not prescribed and epipen.

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Yipes - that kind of freaks me out that someone would be diagnosed with a peanut or tree nut allergy and not be prescribed an EpiPen.... :(

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:05 am 
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KarenOASG wrote:
Yipes - that kind of freaks me out that someone would be diagnosed with a peanut or tree nut allergy and not be prescribed an EpiPen.... :(


This is what happened to us also. We were told that both our sons allergies to peanut were mild, despite severe contact reactions because of low positive RASTs. We were not prescribed epipens, and were advised that we could avoid peanuts "if we wanted to". This was 5 years ago though. But there seems to be misunderstanding in the medical community about RAST predicting severity too.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:14 am 
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Oops. I meant "yes" we were prescribed an Epi.

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