Has anyone else noticed how nut allergies in children have been drastically on the rise? It's a bit ridiculous.
I had a bad reaction to pecans in Disney when I was 17 and to peanuts in high school at the same age so I've steered clear from nuts since. I am 25 now. My fiance urged me to be re-tested and to have our 4.5 year old scratch tested as well.. So the day of the test one of the nurses rudely asked me 3 times why I was having my daughter tested because she had never had a reaciton before (well she had never had nuts before because we dont keep them in the house!) "and, tell me again, why are you having this child tested?" and every time I replied I was doing it as a precautionary.,
So let the testing begin! We were both tested for food allergies, including nuts, shell fish, soy, etc...All of my scratch test came back NEGATIVE!!
Scarlett on the other hand..
Has severe nut allergies! To ALL nuts!!! And you better believe I threw these results in that nurses face.
The allergist explained that there are 3 different types of testing for allergies and they go as followed: least accurate: blood test, mildly accurate: scratch, very accurate: oral test.
He explained that even though I didn't react to the scratch test that I should still stay away from nuts because he thinks I will most likely react to an oral test. We both carry Epipens and she is educated on how to use hers if I am not around to do so.
But what do you guys think? Do your kids have allergies? What is causing the dramatic climb in nut allergies??