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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Kathy P ·
That is very scary. It's important to do oral food challenges in a medically supervised setting with immediate availability of medical support/intervention in the event of a reaction. Your insurance won't cover any type of allergy testing? Neither skin or blood testing?
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Jen ·
That's frustrating, Paula. Would you consider switching insurance companies when it's open enrollment?
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Re: Demystifying Oral Food Challenges

Jake's mom ·
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 son's allergist has recommended a food challenge but I can not bring myself to do this because of this fear. We would all love to know for sure though if he is allergic to some of these foods, since at this time he is diagnosed with 15 food allergies.
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Re: Demystifying Oral Food Challenges

Jen ·
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 where it may not be initially obvious that a. Any allergen was consumed and/or b. a reaction is occurring. Both of those situations could lead to a delay in giving epinephrine. Another thing to remember is that many cases of anaphylaxis self...
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Re: Demystifying Oral Food Challenges

Lynda ·
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 point is that they start very slowly. They may just touch the food to the lips, for instance. Then wait 15-20 and see what happens. The incrementally go up from there, waiting between doses to see if any reaction occurs. Your allergist may be able to give you some...
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SarahElizabeth ·
They gave me one of these tests to check if had a carrot allergy, and another to test my pepper allergy. I failed both, and ended up in the ER both times because one EpiPen dose couldn't calm down the reaction. They wanted to do more oral tests to make sure my blood tests for the other allergies were accurate, but my mom won't schedule them because she thinks it's too dangerous to try them right now. Any advice on how to talk to her about this?
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Kathy P ·
Did they do them slowly starting w/ a small amount of the food? We've only done one here and it failed very early on when the doc dabbed some on my dd's tongue. The challenge was stopped right then. This webinar might have more info about how to decide which challenges might be reasonable.
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Jacci Madden Boechler ·
Interested to see if anyone has information on two foods not related eg. peanuts and cotton seed oil. From what I have been reading cotton seed oil has the same weight and molecular structure as peanuts.
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Iumom ·
Very interesting information. It makes a lot of sense. My kids both have pollen allergies and both have had reactions/sensitivities to some fruits and pine nuts.
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Re: Food Allergy Awareness: Routine Food Allergy Testing

HealthyMama ·
Thanks for this info, but this is frustrating. My allergist wants to re-test (skin test) my daughter at 10 months before we begin introducing the top 8. Isn't it better to test rather than potentially have an at-home reaction to something that might have shown up on the skin test?
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Monster Mom ·
What I get from that is that the testing itself could be false and not worth it. however if a child is at risk, there are other safe methods to introduce those foods, like an in office challenge.
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HealthyMama ·
Thanks MonsterMom Yes, I guess the part that's missing is what will we do if she DOES test positive to a food? As you said, i suppose an office challenge is in the works. Going to definitely ask the allergist!
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Kara Bidden-Hackman ·
My daughter is allergic to cow's milk, egg, peanut and tree nut. She is 5 years old and has eaten apples (raw or cooked) without any issue for years. Last spring/summer she started complaining of itchy mouth after eating apples (in raw form). She ate them all winter (raw or cooked) with no issue. This spring started with more intense complaints of itchy mouth and itchy skin (no visible hives) after eating raw apples. Her IgE blood work was positive for apples (lower value, yet positive).
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

cheymom ·
Hi Kara! That sounds like Oral Allergy Syndrome to me. My dd has OAS. I would consult with your allergist to see if cooked apples are okay or if you should avoid.
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

eskimomama4 ·
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, strawberries, peaches, etc. If you have to peel it, I can eat it. But I'm not allergic to the fruit itself. I can eat most frozen fruits, but not peaches. I believe its the pesticides used on the fruit. I've tried organic, and I get the same reaction.
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camenae ·
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 took so long to show. Just something to think about...
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Kathy P ·
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 to the pollens, it seems to correlate with when the pollen is high or her overall allergy load is high (d/t environmental issues in general). But she reacts to conventional and organic. She seems to be able to eat dried fruits but we haven't really tried frozen.
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Katie Colebrook-Smith ·
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 pollens but that's all. So nice to see a reconised reason to what I feel.
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Mahbahlih ·
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!
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Mahbahlih ·
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. Regarding peach, it's a different little beast. According to FARRP because the peach allergen is "heat-stable and highly concentrated under the fruit skin" they recommend avoidance all together. Meaning, sadly, you can't peel it and enjoy like...
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Mahbahlih ·
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 you should stick to local fruits for sure. Just a thought.
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Anjie ·
Hi I really need help I don't no what to do anymore my so does not eat at all he only drinks pedisure plz help he is 4yrs old...
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Kathy P ·
Hi Anjie - welcome to KFA and I'm glad you posted! It sounds like you are really struggling with your son's feeding issues and I'm sure we can help. I'm going to encourage you to post over on our forums where more people are likely to see and give you feedback. Include what his know allergies and any other medical issues. The more background you can give us, the better we will be able to help w/ ideas, resources, etc.
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Kathy P ·
If you can't find where to post (I edited my last comment to add the link), let me know and I can help with that part.
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Anjie ·
Thanks a lot I would really like him to eat some kind of food.But do Need help I have been trying nothing seems to work plz been say he'll grow out of it I am just hoping
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Kathy P ·
What is he allergic to? What does he need to avoid? What reactions do you see to those foods?
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Anjie ·
Well pretty much everything he is allergic to and is reaction in sneezing swelling of eyes and throwing up
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Trmnich ·
My son has been skin pricked tested 4 times and the last time 3 month ago his tree nut came back negative. All other three skin prick test came back 6+ peanuts & 3+ tree nuts I was suprised when tree nuts came back negative. We still keep him away from all tree nut just to be on the safe side but what are the chances of him outgrowing just the tree nut since he was 3+ before? He is will be 13 in May and is doing great being his own advocate of his allergy and we are very proud of him. We...
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AndreaN ·
In the 1990s I tested big positives to tree nuts and fish. Fast forward to 3 years ago. The same allergist skin tested me for tree nut and fish, and they all came back completely negative. My allergist questioned the results, and had me come back a few weeks later and had the tree nuts and fish skin tested again, as well as did blood work. This second time, my tree nuts skin test and the blood work all came back negative and I can eat them fine. However, my fish skin test and blood work all...
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Re: If Allergic to One Food, Do You Have to Avoid Related Foods?

Kathy P ·
Tina - did he ever have a reaction to tree nuts? Or was that diagnosed on testing alone? Sorry about the school situation - is the school supposed to be nut free?
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

Katie D ·
Welcome Mehmet! May I ask when you did two food challenges? Just curious... Does she have any other allergies? The redness and the lips "hurting" would have me think that she could possibly still be allergic to it. How much is she eating at home? As Cynthia mentioned, be sure to visit us in our Main Support Forum where others can chime in as well with their experiences.
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Mehmet ·
Can somebody be okay eating a food but not be okay touching it? My daughter (5 years old) successfully passed two oral food challenges for hazelnuts, which included eating increasing amounts of hazelnuts and also a spoon full of Nutella (this was given after she had eaten her last dose of hazelnuts). There were no symptoms or problems at all. So I (and our allergist) think it's safe to assume that she is no longer allergic to hazelnuts and we are obviously very grateful for that. However,...
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Re: Food Allergy Test: What Does It Mean?

K8sMom2002 ·
That's an interesting question, Mehmet ... and one that I can't answer. But I suspect if you post this question onto our main support forum ( click here for our Main Support Forum. ) , you may get other people who have had experience with this. Also, someone wiser than me may be able to move your question over there for you.
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Oral Food Challenges: What to Expect (Video and Resources)

Kids With Food Allergies ·
Kids With Food Allergies (KFA) hosted a webinar on July 28, 2015, called “Oral Food Challenges: What to Expect.”    Irene Mikhail, MD, an allergist immunologist at Nationwide Children’s in Columbus, Ohio, discussed: Why and...
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Lune ·
So as far as I remember I suffered with bad eczema rashes since I was little and my parents somehow managed to keep it at bay. No nuts, dairy and limited amount of citrus acidic and sugar food, I have had no issues with eczema for more than ten years and thought it went away--- I was wrong. I recently started having bad eczema flare upd around my face. Eyelids, under eyes, chins and around mouth. It's swelling, itchy and bumpy and I have no idea what is causing it. I have been eating nuts,...
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K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, Lune! Since you're having symptoms when you eat food, I agree with Jen -- a board certified food allergist is definitely someone to consult. You may also want to touch base with a dermatologist as well. Why not post this question to our Main Support Forum so you can get more feedback from other folks in a similar situation? If you're on desktop view, just follow the link above, and click on the big green POST. On mobile, click the three horizontal lines in the upper left hand corner, and...
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Jen ·
Hi Lune, Welcome to KFA. I would suggest you make an appointment with a board certified allergist to discuss your concerns. They should be able to guide you.
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AGlick0927 ·
Hello! My 2.5 year old daughter has tested positive to peanuts, tree nuts, egg and dairy on a skin test (2 different times) She has had reactions to both egg and dairy, however she has never ingested any nuts. We just received the results of her first ever blood test and it confirmed egg and dairy, however it came back negative to all nuts! We will be scheduling an in office peanut challenge. My question is, since I know that false negatives are more rare than false positives, should I feel...
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K8sMom2002 ·
Hi, and welcome, @AGlick0927 ! Hugs on the reactions and the conflicting test results on peanuts. You're definitely in the right place to get support! Your questions are great, and it sounds like you still have some things you might want to discuss with your allergist. Another thing you might want to discuss with your allergist is component testing for both milk and peanuts, if you haven't already done so. Component testing can tell a doctor what particular protein in milk or peanuts a...
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Jen ·
@Lune Have you been able to schedule an appointment with an allergist?
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K8sMom2002 ·
Lianne, this sounds like it's been super stressful for you guys! I'm going to create a post for you on our online support community so that more eyes will see this!
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Lianne Godfrey ·
Good morning, That would be great. I am sure there are many families out there with similar stories and worries. Have a great day! Lianne Johannesburg South Africa
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Lianne Godfrey ·
Hi There, I would really appreciate your guidance. My boy who is now over 3 years has had 3 reactions to eating hake. The 1st one happened when he was 6 months old and the 2 times after happened when he was just over 1 year. His symptoms occur about 2 hours after ingestion, vomiting severely for a few hours, lethargic and non-responsive until it is all out his system. The last episode he did have runny tummy the day after. On all 3 occasions we took him to emergency to be monitored. They...
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Lara707 ·
I realize your post is from 2012 but in reading the comments trying to find a solution for my daughter's situation, I had to write in the event you were still having issues. Please google PANDAS in regards to your daughter's violent behavior after having Strep throat. There is a direct link. It has been in the news a lot recently. https://www.webmd.com/children...-scary-kids-disorder
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K8sMom2002 ·
Welcome, Lara707! Please feel free to join us on the Main Support Forum to introduce yourself and share more about your daughter's journey.
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Demystifying Oral Food Challenges

Kids With Food Allergies ·
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