Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/06/11

Q.

Allergies??

Hello, Prof.

My 1 year old has been on deselex for about a month now, she struggles with a runny nose, and coughing...
The pead said that if it does not get better, we must test her for an allergy...
How do they test her?
I really do not know what to do for her anymore...

Thank you so much!!

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

You are welcome. It is important to make a daignosis of the cause of your baby's persistently runny nose and cough [which is probably due to a post nasal drip] Allergy is one cause which needs to be excluded. Allergies to various foods and environmental allergens such as housedust and cats can be tested on a single small blood sample. The tests are called RASTs and are very accurate.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/06/11

A blood test for allergies can come back indicating a high allergy level but not identifying the alergy if it is a food that she has been taken off of. We have this with my 13month old. He is allergic to dairy, soya, gluten, lectin (potatoes), and egg, and they showed up in his first blood test at 4 months, but not in his tests done at a year because he hasn' t had any of these foods since he was diagnosed. He is still alergic though.

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/06/11

Oh yes, and my girl also has a runny nose and bad coughing (where the pneumonia comes in).

And this weekend she had tonsilitis with a fever of 40!

That' s why I' m taking her to the allergist. I' m so tired of wondering what is causing her to be so sick

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/06/11

She has been on so many different types of milk (nothing seemed to work). She has also been very gassy since birth and troubled. I was worried she might be allergic to soya as well as lactose.
She also had pneumonia about 2 months ago and was in hospital. So I suggested to her paediatrician to do a allergy test.

The blood test showed she had a high allergy level but nothing else. (?????)

So what this doctor apparently does is to do skin tests. So he tests for different allergies on the skin (no blood!! jippeee!!) (its terrible when they take blood from a baby)

Reply to Anonymous
Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/06/11

I am in Centurion. How do they test allergies if not blood? Just curious? And if you don' t mind me asking, what is her symptoms? Thank you!

Reply to Anonymous
Posted by: Anonymous | 2009/06/11

Where are you situated? I live in Pretoria and got a paediatric allergist Prof Robin Green at Steve Biko (pta academic) hospital. My daugher have been for blood tests but showed nothing, now I' m taking her to this doctor for proper allergy testing (no blood tests)

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