Someone will have to pinch me as I still feel I'm dreaming and it's too good to be true.
Ds (6 almost 7) had a skin prick test yesterday to test for peanuts and other tree nuts. When he was 15 months old he had what I believed to be a reaction to peanuts, watery eyes snotty nose trouble breathing etc. But he never needed adrenalin. Prick test 6 weeks later came up positive to peanuts (5mm) so up till now we have avoided all nuts to be safe. He never had another reaction since.
His test yesterday came up completely negative to all nuts and peanuts. They even did the peanut one again 10 mins later to be sure. So now they want me to start a food challenge, and introduce each nut over a week each (we are starting with nutella/hazelnuts today) then once all clear, try the peanut challange in hospital to be safe. I was supposed to do this when he first got his diagnosis but I chickened out on it.
I'm obviously over the moon but very nervous as well, part of me still thinks maybe the test was wrong. I've never heard of anyone growing out of peanut allergies! Has this happened to anyone else's child?
It makes me wonder if he ever had a peanut allergy to begin with, maybe it was a false positive?
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14-10-2016 07:24 #1
Outgrowing peanut allergy
14-10-2016 07:33 #2
I was told by my sons allergy specialist that it's common for children to grow out of nut allergies if they are only allergic to one of the nut groups (peanuts or treenuts) but it's when they are allergic to both groups where it's uncommon to grow out of.
I think if they just have a mild allergy like your son had that it's not uncommon to grow out of I have heard of quite a few kids growing out of their food allergies.
14-10-2016 07:41 #3
I know someone that has grown out of an egg allergy.
14-10-2016 07:52 #4
A completely different scenario but evidence that allergies can change I suppose. As a kid, I was allergic to citrus. Broke out in massive rashes. I outgrew it but have since become re-allergic(??) to pineapple but instead of rashes my throats and tongue swell and I cannot breathe.
Allergies are very fickle.
14-10-2016 09:20 #5
That is great news, good luck with the re introduction process. My allergy specialist has told me that the prick tests *can* be inaccurate but it really sounds like your son is in good hands. You can definitely grow out of the allergy.
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14-10-2016 10:45 #6
For the last couple of years he has been eating alot of yoghurt and having probiotics every other day, I also wonder if this contributed to him getting over it as there has been a link between gut health and peanut allergies. So I'll keep doing that for sure.
First test with the hazelnut spread on inside of lip this morning, so far so good!
I think it will take awhile to sink in. You get used to a certain way of living, reading every label etc. It will be hard to imagine not having to do that!
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14-10-2016 12:37 #7
My allergist said peanut allergies are rarely grown out of but the skin prick tests as someone said aren't always accurate which I suspect is more likely the case with peanuts.
Allergies absolutely can be outgrown as with intolerances. DD was CMPI and allergic to all tree nuts, peanuts, sesame, wheat and egg. She quickly outgrew wheat and egg (around 1 year old) and now has outgrown the CMPI, can now have hazelnuts, pine nuts, wallnuts and potentially almonds. She still can't have cashews, macadamias or pistachios (all in the same nut 'group) or peanuts or sesame.
If I were you I would get the tree but challenge done. Once you're okay with that, definitely trial peanuts in hospital. You never know he could be allergy free.
Be prepared though it may not mean he will want to have all of these ew things. DD still doesn't like butter or normal yoghurt or normal cheese, but will happily have Nutella or cakes with those nuts in etc.
Fx he's outgrown them all - how awesome to never have to worry about him accidentally investing something that could kill him! Good luck with the challenges
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14-10-2016 12:49 #8
@Sairz that must be a huge relief! It will make life much easier for you and your DS
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14-10-2016 13:09 #9Senior Member
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Not completely the same but a friends child had a peanut allergy as a toddler and has outgrown it. She now has to eat a certain amount of cashews a week to prevent it coming back.
14-10-2016 15:17 #10Senior Member
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Pistachio, dust mites and banana all 3mm
We had to carry an epipen as at 8mm he was deemed anaphylactic to peanuts.
Fast forward nearly two years and we go back for a review and he has no reaction at all to any nuts., I got them to retest 3 times to make sure as I was in such disbelief. The specialist told me only 20% of children grow out of peanut allergies and it's even less for tree nuts. He is also no longer allergic to bananas but still reacted to dust mites and egg. We have been doing the baked egg challenge where he can have cake with no more than two eggs in it baked at 180 degs for 20mins or longer and has had no reactions so far so the allergy dr is confident he will also grow out of that one as well. A few months after his review he had a few small reactions to peanuts but again came up negative on a skin prick test. It's been 12 months now and he hasn't had any reactions to nuts at all. It's a massive relief but I still do worry that it may come back.
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