Your allergy can change in time

Your allergy can change in time

We first got our son tested for allergies when he was just 1 years old. He had already had reactions to peanuts twice, but we never thought it would extend from peanuts into other nuts. Oh boy, were we wrong. His first allergy test was a blood test. It's not as accurate as the skin scratch test they can also do, but due to his age, the doctors won't do that one until they are a bit older.

Our son's results came back with a class IV in peanuts, several 0 and a couple of class I and class II. Nothing overly surprising about that. However, we did notice that he also seemed to react to peas, a close cousin to peanuts in the legume family. In fact, when coming up with dinners or looking for puree snacks for our son, this little intolerance proved to be one of the hardest. Peas seem to be in most infant and toddler foods, or at least the ones with low sugars.

Fast-forward to a week and half ago, our son is now 3. He's growing crazy fast and already seems to be eating like a teenage boy. God help us when he actually becomes one. We decided it was time to get a bit more specific with his allergies.

At 3 years old, our doctor was finally able to order another blood test and added the skin test as well. We didn't expect much to have changed from what we already knew. Boy were we wrong.

His class IV allergy to peanuts had moved down to only a class II, borderline class I. Through the skin test, he had no reaction at all to peas, which is a bit of a relief. But huge reactions to nuts that weren't even on his allergy list from the last blood test. This included Pine nuts, Walnuts, and Hazelnuts. In fact, these three nuts were now higher than his peanut allergy had ever been. As you can imagine we were shocked. Actually, we were really only shocked by the first two. The last one, Hazelnuts, is an allergy that runs on my side (Chris) of the family.

Our allergist explained that allergies can change over time and it's important to continue to check them over time. Sometimes as we get older, particularly if we've had a severe reaction in the past, any future exposure to the allergy can be partial mental. Our brains are extremely powerful devices. They can convince our bodies that there is something wrong far beyond the actual pain or circumstance. However, I'm not recommending you ever try your own, at-home, exposure or anything. Always check with your doctor first.

Due to the results of our son's results, our allergist recommended we start some controlled oral challenges. Basically, this means exposing our son to certain nuts on the list that came back as being extremely low or no reaction. We'll be spending one morning a month at the doctor's office with him in order to help eliminate or reduce his reactions to quite a few of the nuts he's allergic too. We'll continue to document his journey as we go.

Day 1 is an introduction to Almonds. Let's see how this all plays out. Thank you for being here. If you would like to share your story or experiences with allergies or oral challenges, we would love to hear from you.

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