Both Caleb and Jacob had food allergy testing done this week. I am ‘processing’ the results, some good news, some bad.
Caleb tested highest to peanut and then to cat. His results were low to egg, beef, pork, and dairy~ and amazingly, he showed no reactions to tree nuts!~ He is also allergic to dogs and cats, but not dust mites, mold, or pollen. He was not tested for canola, yeast, or nutmeg. So for the next 6 months we will continue to avoid the usual list [no peanuts, dairy, egg, pork, beef, nutmeg, yeast or canola. We will also continue to avoid tree nuts. In 6 months he will be re-tested, and if reactions remain low or none- then we will try some food challenges in the fall. Our allergist DID allow that Caleb can have ketchup [avoided because yeast is used to make vinegar to make ketchup!] which he was VERY excited to be able to have again!~ Is it too much to hope that he may really be out-growing some of his food allergies?! Caleb was also given a new Epi-pen prescription, for the regular ‘big boy’ Epi-pens~ for children over 50lbs. [Caleb is 47 lbs now!]
Jacob was tested for 15 things-13 of them were new items. He reacted to 10 of them. Jacob is allergic to cats, dogs, and dust mites. He is NOT allergic to watermelon, avocado, green olive, he also showed no reaction to olive oil or safflower oil- [even though I have SEEN him react to potato chips with only potato, safflower oil and salt as ingredients]. His new allergens list is: green pea [we knew], cotton seed, sunflower seed, sesame seed, oat, flaxseed, and corn. From previous results we also avoid: Dairy, Egg, Peanut, Soy, Beef, Pork, Tree Nuts, Wheat, Gluten, Canola, Lentils, all Beans, and Strawberries. I will also avoid safflower, as I said, I saw the reaction to that. In 6 months Jacob will be having new testing done.
We also plan to go in about a week to try doing some patch testing. The reason is to determine if any food is an Eosinophilic trigger- even if you are not actually ‘allergic’ to the food, a food can still be causing an EoE flare. In patch testing an actual sample of the food is placed under a bandage on the person’s back, and left there for 3 days- no bathing allowed. Then on the 3rd day the ‘food’ is removed, and the 4th day the areas are checked by a doctor. We hope that we can rule out any foods that may be causing Jacob’s current EoE flare, and if one is suspected, remove that food. Ideally the hope is that with diet modification, we can get Jacob’s eosinophils count down to 20 or lower, and AVOID him having to be placed on an elemental diet. He is on an 8 week course of medication, and will be getting a new GI scope done in early June.
Both boys also had blood drawn for testing. Caleb is having RAST testing done for the foods he tested low on; and both boys are having blood tests done to look for Celiac disease. Results from the labs should be done by the middle of next week. Fingers crossed for good results!