72 Hour Patch Allergy Test & Results

29 Aug

Last Monday we took Button Boy to Children’s Hospital Park Place to have his patched test placed.  It was about a year ago that he was diagnosed through the standard “prick” test as allergic to eggs.  In August of 2008, he was diagnosed with Eosiniphilic Esophagitis and in early September with the allergy, and we were put on an egg-free diet.  Fast forward to June 2009 when we had our last EGD….you would think that almost a year off of eggs that the EGD would show an improvement…instead we saw a worsening of the EE.  At that time, we decided along with Dr. Saeed to see an allergist at Children’s Hospital.

The new allergist (new to us, but she has been an allergist for over 30 years) decided against another “prick” test and decided to do the new “patch” test.  It is large band-aid type bandages that have “wells” in them in which they put food smears…actual food products. (i.e. milk, egg, soy, peanut, wheat, rice, corn, oat, barley, potato, beef, chicken, ham, lamb, turkey, peas, green beans, squash, carrot, sweet potato, peach, pear, apple, and a neutral saline — we added cinnamon, chocolate, shrimp, and tilapia)

Patch Test after application

Patch Test after application

We waited 48 hours and had to remove them ourselves and then 24 hours later we were back in Birmingham to have them read by Dr. Haines.

After 48 hours

After 48 hours

When Dr. Haines read the test her results were:

Milk — negative

Egg — negative (can irritate)

Soy — negative

Peanut — negative

Wheat — negative (can irritate)

Rice — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Corn — negative (can irritate)

Oat — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Barley — negative

Potato — negative

Beef — negative

Chicken — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Ham — negative

Lamb — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Turkey — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Peas — negative

Green Beans — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Squash — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Carrot — negative

Sweet Potato — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Peach — positive/negative (can only eat once a week)

Pear — negative

Apple — negative

Cinnamon — Highly Positive!!!!!!

Chocolate — negative

Shrimp — negative (can irritate)

Tilapia —  Positive!!!!!!

So, as a final comment….absolutely NO cinnamon….or fish…..the fish is for at least 3 months and then we will see.  Button Boy has had regular pancakes, a cupcake, a McGriddle, and of course — Krispy Kreme! 


3 Responses to “72 Hour Patch Allergy Test & Results”

  1. notsosahm August 31, 2009 at 8:04 pm #

    Isn’t that amazing! What they can do to figure allergies out. And cinnamon!? I didn’t even know someone could be allergic to that. What made y’all decide to add that one? AND, can he eat eggs now? In moderation? Were you putting cinnamon in everything? What’s the next step?

  2. Eva September 23, 2009 at 8:55 pm #

    oh dear, that seems unpleasant (the test) not to mention not being able to eat fish or cinnamon!

  3. Allergy Symptoms - Allergy Testing December 11, 2009 at 4:38 am #

    Excellent testing!! Well if you have not added the “Cinnamon” than you never come to know about the allergy. right!!!

    That’s ok, but now he can eat everything without any tension of getting allery, because most of the food are non allergic to him.


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