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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Update on Luke's Peanut Allergy

Today I took Luke in to an allergy specialist to get more information on his peanut allergy. When we had the pediatrician do his blood test back in early January, it showed a significant enough severity for me to give up peanut butter (since it passes through breast milk) and to warrant this appointment. The doctor ordered a skin test at today's appointment, so the little guy was pricked and tested for all sorts of indoor and outdoor allergens, as well as for peanuts and all tree nuts, milk, soy, eggs, etc. The first round showed absolutely no allergies to anything (including the control)?!? We tried again and the control swelled up instantly in a hive and the peanut was slight, but not enough to even be considered an allergy. They opened a new bottle of test liquid, tried it again, and there was minimal reaction.

This is super strange since the blood test showed such a severe reaction, but it's a relief that perhaps the allergy isn't as bad as we originally thought. He still reacts to the peanuts when I eat them (projectile vomits), so we know there are some issues, but perhaps they won't be all that awful. For the time being, we're going to keep doing what we're doing (no peanuts for me as long as I'm nursing, and no peanuts for him at all), and we go back to the doctor in October for more blood tests and skin tests. Keep your fingers crossed that the earlier labs weren't accurate! Here's the happy little guy.

1 comment:

Jen said...

Try buying sunflower seed butter or almond butter is amazing! They are much better for you than peanut butter anyway.

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