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Re: Demystifying Oral Food Challenges

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

Paula Tarpley (Lucy) ·
I hate that my insurance doesn't cover the allergy testing or the food challenge. Which leaves me with no choice but to do home challenges. This is very scary for me! What else can be done?
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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: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Paula Tarpley (Lucy) ·
No, I can't insurance because this is the insurance through my husbands work. There is no way I'm going to be able to do a food challenge at home. I'm way too frightened of what could happen but what else is one to do when you know that at some point you have to know?! Talked with doctor today (left message) and asked if there is a way around it. They wouldn't even pay for the skin or blood allergy test. It's crazy! Our insurance is amazing and we've had 14 years. Never had to use the...
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

kandicejo ·
I can't even wrap my head around an insurance that won't cover allergy stuff Allergies are such a widespread condition that can lead to time off work, etc. Hopefully the doctor has some good guidance for what you can do.
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Paula Tarpley (Lucy) ·
I'm hoping to hear something back! Praying they can come up with something different that my insurance will pay for. I can go to an allergist and pay my co-pay but when they want to start the testing, that's where my insurance stops! It ridiculous and I'm so upset about this. I know doctors can around it, some will and some won't. Hopefully I have one that will and can! Thank you all for your support! I don't have family or friends so it's difficult to deal with all by yourself.
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Paula Tarpley (Lucy) ·
Meant to say, "Don't have family or friends around!" Our families live in different states. We moved here when my husband got transferred.
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Re: Will Oral Food Challenges or Accidental Ingestions Make Your Child's Food Allergy Worse?

Heidi B ·
Hi Paula, hopefully you find an allergist that you like and trust. Be upfront with the Doctor about the insurance issues and your concerns. Some allergists - not all - will allow patients to come and sit in the waiting room while the food is ingested. I hope you find one that you can work with. The other thing is, the allergy tests run about $1,500 depending on how many foods you're running. You may find that the cost is worth it?
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