Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Concerned | 2008/08/22

Q.

Allergic

I recently took my one year old for IGE blood tests which came back with an elevated total count of 52.9. (He is constantly ill with flu symptoms). My paed said he is definetely allergic to something but that I should now just sit and wait to see what causes reactions.

Is this the right approach, surely there must be further tests or medicine that I can give him. Please help

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are correct this is not the way to go about things. Your paediatrician must now do 2 tests called Phadiotop [screening test for inhalant allergies eg cat, dust, pollen] and Fx5 [the 5 most common food allergens] which are the screening tests for inhalant and food allergens. If either of these comes back positive then the search for the offending allergens can be further narrowed down and specific tests for suspected allergens can be done. These are called RAST tests.

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