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Food Allergy Testing
4/15/14 9:07 PM
 
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/5/12 5:26 PM
 
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Recent research shows that the flu shot is tolerated by almost everyone with an egg allergy:  http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/resourcespre.php?id=163&title=Is_the_flu_vaccine_safe_for_egg_allergy?   My son gets his flu shot in...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/5/12 5:39 PM
 
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The predictive values for likelihood of an allergy being present differ with every food, but in general, the higher the level, the more likely that an IgE mediated allergy is present. My daughter actually tested negative several times to some things...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/8/12 7:53 AM
 
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My daughter (now 16 years old) was diagnosed at age 2 and had two subsequent positive skin tests to peanuts and tree nuts, but has never had a reaction at all other than her first (to walnut) at about 1 yr old. So I was hoping that the peanut positive...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/3/12 8:18 PM
 
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Thank you for the article. Could you provide additional information regarding EE and testing please?
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/3/12 9:16 PM
 
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Any thoughts or direction on behavioral issues due to food? My now 6 year old daughter never had any stomach issues, eczema, or anything else, but she became absolutely uncontrollable (threatening to kill me, punching, kicking)after a strep infection...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/4/12 7:23 AM
 
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I would say that EE and testing is another complicated topic best addressed with its own blog post in the future and the issue of behavioral reactions to foods is another one outside the scope of what this blog post was intended to cover. Both would...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/4/12 2:11 PM
 
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I had my son tested IgE with an allergist because of his eczema condition.  We knew his allergy to milk at age of one, hives right after 1 oz of whole milk.  He was bs mostly the first 6 months, then alimentum after.  He...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/16/12 9:51 AM
 
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Maggie - I would say discussion about egg free flu shots is outside the scope of this particular blog post - but I can tell you we will be doing a blog post in the near future about egg allergy and flu vaccine, so that should provide some more insight...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/16/12 10:15 AM
 
Comment by DeirdreRiley DeirdreRiley is offline. Click for Member Snapshot.
Yes, we've been seeing allergists since she was 6 or 9 months old.  We have moved a couple of times and had to switch allergists and it can be confusing, some say lip swelling alone is anaphylaxis, what she had with banana and mustard, and...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 9:54 PM
 
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This is a well well written article and explains the issues involved in diagnosis of food allergies very well!
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 8:59 AM
 
I'd like to thank everyone for posting such wonderful comments. I'd like to address two topics that were mentioned so far:   1. Eczema and food allergies can be a very difficult and complicated topic, which may need it's own blog post...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 9:26 AM
 
Comment by Jennifer Roberge Jennifer Roberge is offline. Click for Member Snapshot.
Hi MulanMommy -   It's incredible what food can do to the body - good or bad. In our son's case, he now has severe reactions, borderline anaphylaxis, with dairy, soy, gluten, corn, and tree nuts. He can not even have one bite - or a trace. Still...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 9:25 AM
 
Comment by Jennifer Roberge Jennifer Roberge is offline. Click for Member Snapshot.
Thank you for this very detailed explanation. However, I'm not sure I agree with this statement "if your child can eat a food without developing any symptoms, then they are unlikely to be allergic to that food." My son has tested negative to pretty...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 9:50 AM
 
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Wow, that's great information thank you.  I'm just wondering what you suggest since we fall into the category of my son being tested for allergies at a young age due to his eczema; however, he never tried any of the food before. Now we have an...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 12:12 PM
 
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My daughter is now 13 and has always had belly issues.  She had skin and RAST testing done as a toddler with no indications of food allergies.  At 11 her belly isues worsened and RAST testing was redone with nujmerous positive results. ...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 12:12 PM
 
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I think it's important to differentiate between "food allergy" (IgE mediated) and "food sensitivity". Both are immune mediated reactions, but involve different mediators (chemicals). Both are reactions brought on by food and both can make you very...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 2:36 PM
 
We're going to invite Dr. Stukus to reply to some of the questions here. He won't be able to give you medical advice, of course, but he may be able to give out general information about the issues you have brought up.   Eczema is a tough one to...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 2:58 PM
 
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What advice to you give to parents of children with eczema/asthma who may have false positives from IgE testing?  My daughter's IgE numbers are off the charts, and we've been avoiding likely allergens.  The only food she's (accidently)...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 6:56 PM
 
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Jennifer: AGREED!!! DS was tested low score on WHEAT & SOY both skin test and blood test, we never took it seriously only avoided wheat by itself (wheat bread) and soy by itself (tofu, soybean..etc) but since birth he had eczema and stuffy nose...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 7:03 PM
 
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For those of you posting about eczema - you are invited to join us in our Asthma, Eczema and GERD forum as well!  Just log in as you did to comment on this blog, and scroll down the list of forums to find it. Or you can go there directly by...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 12:08 AM
 
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Thank you! What a great resource!
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/1/12 8:42 AM
 
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Very concise and to the point, thanks ! I cant remember how many times I have said that test results don't indicate  severity !
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 1:40 PM
 
Comment by lindsayanne0 lindsayanne0 is offline. Click for Member Snapshot.
Originally Posted by Jennifer Roberge: Thank you for this very detailed explanation. However, I'm not sure I agree with this statement "if your child can eat a food without developing any symptoms, then they are unlikely to be allergic to that food."...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/2/12 4:19 PM
 
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Lindsay - right.  Good doctor-patient partnerships are key, especially for complicated cases such as eczema. As Dr. Stukus indicates, the evaluation and care for complicated eczema cases needs to be individualized for the child.   Thank you...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
8/29/13 12:50 AM
 
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My son ate cashews by the handful with absolutely no reaction and then went into anaphylactic shock after eating one.  How does that fit into this?  This stated that if you can eat something without reaction you aren't allergic.  He...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
8/29/13 6:36 AM
 
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Missy24, sorry to hear that your son had a severe reaction to cashew. Unfortunately you can develop allergies at any time, so in his case he was not allergic before but then became allergic.  The article is referring to testing positive to a food...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
1/4/13 9:39 PM
 
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Regarding the MRT and it's usefulness for the treatment of food sensitivities, not food allergies... The absence of a particular type of reference on PubMed does not denote the absence of clinical utility in the treatment of the targeted...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
7/6/13 7:13 PM
 
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Lots of great comments here and hope there is room for a question. Can you discuss puddle testing?
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
7/8/14 1:18 PM
 
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I am 43, and have some form of Oral Allergy Syndrome. I get small itchy blisters on my lips, roof of mouth, and down my throat, if I eat fresh fruit that you can eat the skin. This started about 8-9 years ago. I can't eat fresh apples, grapes,...
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
7/8/14 7:04 PM
 
Wow and THANKYOU I'm not mad or sooking. I starred getting itchy after eating fresh fruit and veg 7 years ago when pregnant,  but midwife shurged it off as one of those things.  And still have issues now. Had linked it to my reaction to...
 
Demystifying Oral Food Challenges
8/16/14 3:57 PM
 
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Hi Jake's mom,     I've been through a couple of office-based food challenges. And I know what you mean about being hesitant. I took a while before I had the courage to schedule them.   Besides what Jen already explained, one additional...
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
7/8/14 2:19 PM
 
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Interesting possibility Eskimomama.  My daughter has OAS and reacts differently to different varieties of the same fruit.  Sometimes she can eat more, sometimes very little before she feels the reaction.  Since it's a cross reactivity...
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
7/8/14 1:43 PM
 
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My son has OAS with apples. His reaction did not occur immediately, but rather almost 12 hours later. I took a picture of his reaction and showed his allergist. Allergist agreed it was definitely OAS. Apparently his reaction was NOT common in that it...
 
Demystifying Oral Food Challenges
8/16/14 2:33 PM
 
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What I wonder about are those stories that you hear about children dying because they ingested a small amount of an allergen, even after epi pens were used.  How can we be sure the first tiny bite will not become our worst nightmare??  My...
 
Demystifying Oral Food Challenges
8/16/14 2:46 PM
 
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Welcome to posting. . The thing to remember is that these challenges take place in a drs office, under medical supervision. They can catch a possible rxn at the first sign. This is different than those cases of accidental ingestion of a small amount...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/5/14 6:49 AM
 
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Dr. Stukus - Thank you for sharing this information.  I agree with much of what you had to say and wanted to know if you would ever recommend the "Gold Standard" for accommodations in school?  I have two children with close to 40 ER visits...
 
2013 Food Allergy Webinar Series Highlights
12/4/13 4:34 PM
 
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OUR EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR SERIES TEACHES PRACTICAL FOOD ALLERGY MANAGEMENT The mission of Kids With Food Allergies is to improve the day-to-day lives of families raising children with food allergies and empower them to create a safe and healthy future...
 
5/17/13 11:24 AM
 
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Did you know?  The experts recommend using oral food challenges under physician supervision for diagnosing food allergy.  The double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenge is the “gold standard.”  However, a...
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
1/8/13 2:47 PM
 
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FOOD ALLERGIES AND CROSS-REACTIVITY  by Vaishali Mankad, MD   A food allergy occurs when the immune system overreacts to a food.  The most common type of food allergy results from the immune system making a type of antibody called IgE...
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
9/30/12 6:07 PM
 
What You Need to Know About Diagnostic Allergy Testing by David Stukus, MD Whenever I meet with families for the first time and ask the parents whether their child has any food allergies, I often hear the following reply: “I don't...
 
Free Webinar: Food Allergy Testing
4/7/14 6:18 PM
 
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FREE WEBINAR:   Food Allergy Testing RSVP:   Reserve your seat by registering WHEN:  Tuesday, April 15, 2014 TIME:  1:00 pm Eastern time WHERE:  Your computer, iOS or Android device When trying to determine whether a child has...
 
1/7/14 8:14 PM
 
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Link to full video Dateline NBC investigates the disparity in asthma diagnosis and treatment for children in poverty. Their investigation revealed shocking reasons why these kids are more at risk: landlord neglect in building maintenance.
 
Demystifying Oral Food Challenges
12/5/13 11:53 AM
 
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Demystifying Oral Food Challenges by Nancy Polmear-Swendris, MS Ed, RN Perhaps your child has had a known food allergy for some time, and now there's reason to believe that the allergy may have been outgrown. Maybe you're in the initial diagnosis...
 
5/18/12 2:08 PM
 
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Did you know? There is not enough evidence to recommend routine food allergy testing before introducing highly allergenic foods (such as milk, egg, and peanut) to children who are at a high risk of reacting to these foods. Children at high risk are...
 
Using a Food Diary to Help Sort Food Allergies Out
1/6/14 12:28 PM
 
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Is It Allergy? by David Hauswirth, MD, FAAAAI  There are times when a patient thinks they are reacting to a food or having symptoms as a result of eating certain foods. In these cases, food diaries – or, perhaps more accurately,...
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
7/9/14 12:33 AM
 
Comment by Mahbahlih Mahbahlih is offline. Click for Member Snapshot.
Eskimomama4, having any type of food or environmental reaction is inconvenient and frustrating to say the least. I hope it gives you some comfort to know it's actually very common with OAS to react to the skin of fruit but not the peeled fruit inside....
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
7/9/14 12:38 AM
 
Comment by Mahbahlih Mahbahlih is offline. Click for Member Snapshot.
Eskimomama, another thought I had was regarding the geographic area in which you live. Chances are you live in an area where there is little or no (for example) birch pollen but the store bought varieties come from regions where there is. Sounds like...
 
If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?
7/8/14 11:54 PM
 
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Katie, welcome to KFA. So glad the blog could be helpful to you. It's always nice to see things in writing that confirm our suspicions or solve mysteries!
 
Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?
10/21/14 5:57 PM
 
Unfortunately, we are not in a position where we can offer individualized or specific medical advice regarding your situation with the school.