Kids' food allergies place heavy burden on families

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  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Sept. 20, 2013 2:21 p.m.

    I wonder if allergies are being somewhat over-diagnosed.

    Many people don't know that skin tests are most useful for ruling out potential food allergies. A positive skin reaction does not necessarily mean a person is definitely allergic to that specific food.

    For example, our 1-2 yr old child had an asthma attack after eating a few bites of a tuna sandwich and had 2 previous episodes of swollen eyes which we thought were related to a virus of some sort. Skin testing done by an alllergist revealed positive skin tests--in varying degrees to soy, eggs, milk and peanuts. The egg and peanut allergy were obvious because our son had had significant observable reactions to them. (Vomiting, rashes, swelling asthma attacks) The milk and soy weren't obvious. After some experimentation and observation recommended by the allergist we determined our son was not allleric to either soy or milk.

    For the next 4-5 yrs we avoided feeding him foods containing eggs or peanuts. We then gradually gave him small amounts of foods containing eggs which he tolerated well. He was no longer allergic to eggs. He remains exquisitely allergic to peanuts--27 yrs later.