Childhood Diseases

Posted by: sisca | 2010/11/12



Dr my son, 7yr, has been tested for food allergies, ect 4 times(over a period of years). On the RAST he tested low positives to 18 things....On the SPT he tested negative to all, except moulds and EA. Ok, so he doesn''t have an IgE reaction to SPT foods. So the recommendation was to go and cary on as if he is not allergic, what we did over the last year. BUT, the last 3-5 months he kept on becoming VERY sick with bronchitis, URI and now he is on Penicillin for lung infection and Sinisitis(while still being on all his anti allegy meds). Now I''m thinking: Can''t he have a delayed allergic reaction to food? I read about IgG tests...What''s your thoughts on all this?

Expert's Reply



Of the tests for food allergy the skin tests if correctly done are the most accurate. At his age it is also less likely that a food allergy could be causing his illness. The IgG food allergy tests are not considered to be accurate and of value.It sounds as if your son has a problem with a condition called 'sino-bronchitis'. He is very young to be having such severe sinusitis. He may have a condition called Kartagener's Syndrome which leads to this kind of illness or another possibility is the Immotile Cilia Syndrome. Your son should be seen by a paediatric pulmonologist as soon as possible.If you are in Gauteng I can highly recommend Prof Robin Green at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria.

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