I think a switch to the other doctor in the practice sounds like a good idea. Anytime you aren't comfortable with a doctor that's a good idea!
I must admit, I wondered why your allergist would suggest avoiding a food that your son seems to tolerate. If anything, an opinion from a 2nd doctor will give you some peace of mind that you have a sound plan in place.
I know that each allergist is different, but I'm also surprised that your current one didn't order a skin test. My daughter's allergist trusts history, then skin test results, then blood test results.
That first appointment at the allergist when you get the diagnosis is incredibly overwhelming. It's hard to take in all the information at once, and then process what it means. If you are still confused, I would call the practice and see if you can talk to the doctor again, or maybe even a nurse. If you aren't getting the answers you need, and are still confused, it might be a good idea to set up another appointment sooner, rather than later.
You might also want to check out the "Food Allergy Families" board. There are only a few of us who post there, but I've found it incredibly supportive.View Thread
"I really feel like a bad parent by keeping him, but I really feel like she can get over this"
I'm not quite sure I understand what you mean -- get over what? Do you mean that she will eventually get used to the dog? Or she will eventually outgrow the allergies?
I'm assuming you have met with an allergist, since your daughter has been diagnosed with dander allergies. What does your allergist say about having the dog?
Since you have only had the dog 3 days, I would get rid of the dog. I would not want to have to continue giving my daughter meds 3 times a day because there is a dog in the house. Since your daughter is only 2, there is hope that she will one day outgrow the allergy. At that point, I would consider getting a dog. If she doesn't outgrow the allergy, I think you are better off getting rid of the dog now, since you have only had it 3 days.
I'm sorry, as I know my opinion is probably not the one you wanted to hear.View Thread
Did you see an allergist or primary care doctor? I would recommend seeing an allergist, if you haven't already.
Something similar happened to my daughter. She had an anaphylactic reaction to cashews. That week, our pediatrician ordered the blood test, and she showed up as negative. Thank goodness I decided to see a specialist, just for some peace of mind. The allergist performed a skin test, and she is indeed allergic to cashews.
I asked the allergist why the blood test would come up negative. She told me that sometimes, when such a severe reaction occurs, it can skew the blood test results. Therefore, her recommendation is to wait a certain amount of time after the severe reaction to perform the blood test, or do the skin test. My allergist prefers the skin test results over blood test results, but I think different allergists have different opinions on that.View Thread
Hi! I'm sorry you are going through all of this. I'm the parent of a child with food allergies. I don't understand completely what you are going through, but I can empathize.
It is so overwhelming, especially when you first discover a new allergy. It's hard and frustrating to read EVERY single label, EVERY single time.
I would strongly urge you to see an allergist. If you have noticed new allergies developing recently, you may want to get allergy tested to see if anything else has changed.
We have a Food Allergies Families board here on WebMD that you may find helpful. We are a small group, and mainly parents of food allergic children, but would really welcome a different perspective. If you have time, I hope you stop by and introduce yourself. It has been a great source of encouragement for me there. Sometimes it's just helpful to talk to someone who really understands what you are going through.View Thread
I have heard of that in the case of egg -- some are allergic to raw egg, but not cooked. From what I have read, the cooking process somehow changes the proteins. Your mother should check with her allergist to see if cheese would be safe or not.View Thread
Did you only get allergy tested that one time, right after getting out of the hospital?
If that is the only time, I would get re-tested. The hospital administered meds that could interfere with allergy test results.
I don't know if all allergists agree with this, but I'll repeat what our allergist told us. She said that testing shortly after a severe allergy attack may not be accurate. To get the best results, you need to wait several months after a bad attack to get tested.View Thread
I just wanted to say that your experience was really, really similar to what happened to my daughter in regards to tree nuts.
After eating some cashews, she had an anaphylactic reaction, we took her to the ER, and we got the Epi Pen. We took her to the pedi, did the blood test, and she tested negative for tree nuts. She IS severely allergic to tree nuts.
Please do as the doctor posted -- TAKE HER TO AN ALLERGIST. A pedi tries to help, but they just don't know it all.
If we had listened to our pedi, we would have thrown away the Epi Pen and wouldn't have avoided nuts. I shudder to think what could have happened.
I asked my allergist why her blood test would have been negative. The allergist said that it some cases, after a severe reaction like that, it is not uncommon to then get a negative blood test. For an accurate blood test, our allergist would wait for several months after a reaction to perform a blood test that she would consider reliable.
An allergist will help you to correctly identify what it is that caused the reaction and what you can do to avoid one in the future.View Thread