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Old 10-02-2012, 04:39 AM   #21
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I'd hesitant to give an epi without an allergy confirmation. Like pp said you need to call 911 even if you had an epi to administer you are suppose to get medical treatment with in 15 mins. You should not drive to the hospital yourself. Epi can be dangerous if you don't need it, especially in one so young. Call you regular ped, have them do a blood draw to test- They can do it. You still need to see the allergists, but in the mean time you can get a blood draw and test for peanuts through you ped. It will only take a few days. Then if its positive demand they write a script. Our ped did initial testing but did not write a script because we had an allergist appt that week and this was not our first food allergy- first one (and hopefully only) to need an epi though.

$100 for a twin pack seems cheap. We pay 20% co-pay. For 4 (2 twin packs) we pay $85. Never mind just saw that was per pen. Yep they are expensive. And if you do get a script make sure to check the expiration. They only last a little over a year. Our last fill the pharmacy gave us 1 twin pack expire in a year the other in 3 months. I check right there in font of them. So I gave it right back to them and said we need one for year. They had to order new ones.

ETA our old ins was $25 co-pay so we paid $50 for 2 twin packs. There is not generic so your kind sol on that one.

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Old 10-02-2012, 04:47 AM   #22
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I was also going to suggest going into the ped and having them draw a rast test. It is the blood test pp is talking about. Even though it is not as accurate it would give you an idea. When ds2 did his rast the beef and pork was the highest. Turns out he has a severe allergy to all red meats. We too had to wait a month to see the allergist but at least the rast let us know what the main allergy was. He also tested reactive to about a hundred other things but ended up not being allergic so please remember it is not completely accurate. ((hugs)) and I hope you get some answers quickly!
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:08 AM   #23
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I'm also confused as to why the ped didn't order the blood draw him/herself. Ours did dd's after her first reaction, then wrote us the scrip for the Epi-Pen, THEN we finally got in to see the allergist.
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:58 AM   #24
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Re: Peanut allergy from just being breathed on in young infant - what am I in for???

Just noticed you are in Canada too...our family Dr. didn't (couldn't?) order any testing, we were referred to an allergist. No life threatening allergies though, just major intolerances and he wanted to know if they would show up on testing, which they didn't.

Someone mentioned the point that past reactions do not predict future reactions, and that alone would have me forking out for an epi pen now. Our allergist won't test for any allergy that we have not seen a reaction too (to avoid the false positive thing I suppose) so my 4 year old has still never eaten any nuts. He recommended nut free until 3 due to family history, but I am too chicken to find out.
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Ok so here is our update --
The allergist freaked that we weren't going to be going in until Nov and got us in on Thursday. The receptionist warned me that they likely won't test DD since she is just barely 5 months but they will "teach me what to do". So I am thinking we are getting a script for pens. My insurance will cover an unlimited number per year, 4 at a time, free. So if I am right about getting the script I will get 4 on Thurs. We are semi rural - it is faster for me to drive DD myself to the hospital OR at least to the freeway then it is for me to wait for medical attention to get to me. This winter it took 30 minutes for them to arrive - then another 30 minutes to get my MIL who was having trouble breathing to hospital. Another time it took TWO HOURS for them to arrive for DS - so we cancelled and drove him ourselves after waiting. There is a volunteer fire hall in town but I don't know if they carry an allergy kit - I will call tomorrow. One thing that I never though of when we decided to buy a farm ... I used to live 6 minutes from a hospital.

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Old 10-02-2012, 11:18 PM   #26
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Ok so here is our update --
The allergist freaked that we weren't going to be going in until Nov and got us in on Thursday. The receptionist warned me that they likely won't test DD since she is just barely 5 months but they will "teach me what to do". So I am thinking we are getting a script for pens. My insurance will cover an unlimited number per year, 4 at a time, free. So if I am right about getting the script I will get 4 on Thurs. We are semi rural - it is faster for me to drive DD myself to the hospital OR at least to the freeway then it is for me to wait for medical attention to get to me. This winter it took 30 minutes for them to arrive - then another 30 minutes to get my MIL who was having trouble breathing to hospital. Another time it took TWO HOURS for them to arrive for DS - so we cancelled and drove him ourselves after waiting. There is a volunteer fire hall in town but I don't know if they carry an allergy kit - I will call tomorrow. One thing that I never though of when we decided to buy a farm ... I used to live 6 minutes from a hospital.
Free EpiPens are awesome!! I've not had to use mine yet, but I pay $75ish every time they expire. It's one thing that I hope never becomes worth their money. The Dr said my next reaction could very well be fatal, my allergy is honey bee stings and even just wasp send me to the ER. I hate being scared to take my boys to the park alone or even out in our own yard during the Summer. I hope your DD out grows it! My nephew has fought an allergy all his life and the pedi thought it was dairy and wouldn't send him to a specialist, so his mom took him anyway and found out it is PORK, not dairy! He's doing really good now that they found that out!
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I carry an Epi-pen. I take all reactions seriously. A mild reaction this time, doesn't mean next time will be just a mild. I learned, from my own life threatening experience, how 1st occurrence mild to 2nd being severe, how serious reactions can be.

Allergy testing is a must. They'll only be able to do a blood test on an infant, not patch testing. Results are not 100%. False positives are common, and so are false negatives.

Remove all peanut products from the house. It's the easiest and safest way to eliminate allergic reactions by contact.
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I carry an Epi-pen. I take all reactions seriously. A mild reaction this time, doesn't mean next time will be just a mild. I learned, from my own life threatening experience, how 1st occurrence mild to 2nd being severe, how serious reactions can be.

Allergy testing is a must. They'll only be able to do a blood test on an infant, not patch testing. Results are not 100%. False positives are common, and so are false negatives.

Remove all peanut products from the house. It's the easiest and safest way to eliminate allergic reactions by contact.
Yep that is the plan. Incidentally we decided THIS WEEK to move to a whole food diet. I've been slipping since DH is working more/more kids/MUCH further to go to the store and I've found that we are eating more and more prepared foods. So it is one less huge stress since I was going to do this anyway. Now the only big issue is my just turned three year old is having MAJOR peanut butter withdrawl. I'll be looking for some peabutter next time I go to the store.
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Yep that is the plan. Incidentally we decided THIS WEEK to move to a whole food diet. I've been slipping since DH is working more/more kids/MUCH further to go to the store and I've found that we are eating more and more prepared foods. So it is one less huge stress since I was going to do this anyway. Now the only big issue is my just turned three year old is having MAJOR peanut butter withdrawl. I'll be looking for some peabutter next time I go to the store.
Something else to consider with getting rid of peanuts. Some allergists recommend avoiding tree nuts too. Not that big of a deal for you lo since she is not eating yet. Peanut allergy does not mean automatically have tree nut allergies- however a lot of allergist recommend avoidance for 2 reason, confusion- its easier for a child to say no nuts then try and determine what kind of nit they are eating and cross contamination. Blue Diamond almonds are peanut free but pretty much all other nuts unless still in shell have been processed with peanuts and/or in peanut oil. If your kids eat other nuts make sure they are washing their hands to be safe.
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