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Allergy Testing - Carrollton,TX

Does anyone know what age a child has to be in order to be tested for allergies? My son has been suffering from severe eczema, and with the help of steriods it has improved greatly, but I know we can't use those for very long on him.. I really suspect he is allergic to something, but I just have no idea where to start. He is formula fed (Enfamil Lipil, we tried Enfamil prosobee as well) and is 6 months old.

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You are right to suspect an allergy as excema is often an idicator. My son was first tested at 10 months. He is anaphylactic to dairy and was at birth.

Have you started food yet? If so I would keep a food diary and chart what you feed him and any reactions or suspected reactions such as increased excema. Since he's on formula his diet is fairly consistent and should yield some clues. If I can be of any help please feel free to contact me.

We have been seeing Dr. Jon Van Wagoner at SW Allergy and Asthma since '04 and really trust him. He sees both children and adults. http://www.swallergy.com/index.htm

Good luck!

The only doctor in the city that I know of that will test a child under 4 is Dr. Michael Ruff. He's awesome.

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My son was 6 months when he was tested. You could also try eliminating foods and test yourself.

If you haven't already, consider switching your cleaning supplies to non-toxic cleaners. I began selling them 2 years ago. We switched our whole house over and we definitely have less allergies.

Have you considered NAET? The acupuncurist usually doesn't use needles for children who haven't reached puberty, so no worries there. This has truly changed my family's life for the better. I used Dr. Steve Homoky at Coit & Spring Creek ###-###-####, http://www.acmhealthsolutions.com/), but you can go to www.naet.com to find someone who will help rid your son from his allergies permanently with no drugs or shots. Good luck!

Our daughter was 2 y/o when she was allergy tested. There was a 9 month old there at the same time being tested. I think it would depened upon you, your spouse, and possibly the dr doing the testing. We did not have anyone in our area (Amarillo) who would do the testing before 2 y/o so we traveled to Lubbock, Tx. It really helped us a lot when we found out what she was allergic to.
Since then, we have also changed cleaning products and our groceries to more natural/organic, we take fish oil (1 tsp per person) every day, and we switched over to organic vitamins too. We have also seen a HUGE difference this past year in seasonal allergies with all this.
BTW, my daughter is allergic to high fructose corn syrup, grapes and cats. She's 6 y/o now and the eczma is very mild during the summer/fall season change. She has not complained of the itching at all this time. Good Luck.

The only doctor in the city that I know of that will test a child under 4 is Dr. Michael Ruff. He's awesome.

Hi A.,

I second the vote for NAET. I know Pam Dawson in Fort Worth works with infants. Her website is:
http://www.acupunctureonmagnolia.com/

Good luck,
M.

My son turned 2 in July - and he had a rash on his legs almost all spring that we just couldn't get to clear up. Finally my pediatrician convinced us to have him allergy tested - which was just a blood draw - not the poking I was expecting - I think they can do it at any age - and we found out he's got a ton of allergies. Removing the foods he was allergic too cleared it up right away. I would definitely get him tested - no sense puming him full of steroids if a diet/formula change would do the trick! BTW - we go to Dr. Bain in Frisco. Let me know if you have any questions about the test. Good luck!

A.,
Dr. Bain is wonderful and we did the same testing and it worked wonders for both my girls. I am not sure Dr. Bain in taking new patients; she needs another holistic doctor. If she is not (she would be my first choice), Dr. Shepherd in Plano at Mountain Health Chiropractic will order the same test and help you through the process. Very nice office and the test has less than an 1% variance on results.....this will get you to the core of the issues. Feel free to ask any questions if you have any.

My son had allergy testing on the skin at 6 months. We found out he was allergic to the dog. Air Care in Plano did his testing. We saw immediate improvement in his eczema when we gave the dog away. Good luck.

I have a son that has suffered badly with the same thing and have under gone tons of Rx and have found the best thing is apricot oil from the health store is the only thing that has ever worked and is all natural.He is now 8 and it is undercontrol totaly after all the years of steroids and so many drugs.

I have a friend who takes her daughter to Dr. Ruff. Thier clinic hours are convenient if shots are needed. Your son is very young but Dr. Ruff's staff could tell you at what age testing is appropriate. Best of luck to you both.

We did the allergy test on the back a few years ago when my son was one. All came back negative, then we were told he may be too young for the skin testing and it may be a false negative. Skin testing is more accurate when child is older. So, go with the blood test the other person was saying, it sounds more accurate. Now, we know he has seasonal allergies, which the test never showed. Good Luck!

I would suggest your pedi do the blood test to check for allergies. They did this for my son when he was about 2 and although not as accurate, it is a start at this age.

I would also follow previous posters on switching ALL of your cleaning products, bath/body and most importantly laundry products over to chemical-free. Try whole foods or you can order and have stuff shipped to you from other companies.

We have been ordering from Melaleuca for 9 years and have had wonderful results. I have had skin rashes since a child and they finally stopped when we converted over.

GL!

You are right to suspect an allergy as excema is often an idicator. My son was first tested at 10 months. He is anaphylactic to dairy and was at birth.

Have you started food yet? If so I would keep a food diary and chart what you feed him and any reactions or suspected reactions such as increased excema. Since he's on formula his diet is fairly consistent and should yield some clues. If I can be of any help please feel free to contact me.

We have been seeing Dr. Jon Van Wagoner at SW Allergy and Asthma since '04 and really trust him. He sees both children and adults. http://www.swallergy.com/index.htm

Good luck!

Hi A.,

You are right to suspect a food allergy. Your son isn't too young, but the results aren't always accurate. I would recommend testing for wheat and dairy, as those are the most likely culprits. Our allergist is Dr. Sugerman at Medical City. Our son is almost 2 and hasn't had a flare up in months!!! Once we removed dairy from his diet, the flare ups slowly started to go away. I hated to use the steriod cream, and the flare ups were unnerving for both of us. Hope this helps and good luck!

Hi A., there definitely can be a component of food allergy in an infant with eczema. Skin testing or blood testing can be used to evaluate, even in as young as 6 months, but skin testing really depends upon the extent of the eczema (could interfere with interpretation of test results).
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Hello A.,

I strongly reccomend that you get him tested when he's of age. If he has other allergies I strongly reccomend that you do the allergy shots (if they are called for.) I went through them when I was little and they worked wonders. When I moved to TX my allergies returned (shots wore off or whatever it was probably 30 years since I'd had them and TX is way different then MN.) Now both my girls and I get them. I've seen such an improvement. We are in Lancaster and our Dr. is in Duncanville so that would not be convenient for you, I'm sure but I bet there are great allergy specialists closer to you that I'm not aware of.

My 6 year old has eczema (not severe but at times it was pretty bad.) I used Arbonne's baby wash and baby lotion and that has taken it away. It's botanically based and a lot healthier then stereoids (doesn't contain animal products or byproducts, peditrician tested, dermatologist tested, no mineral oil, hypoallergenic, not tested on animals, ph correct, vegan and vegetarian certified). It did take some tome time it wasn't immediate. Also, I used the diaper rash cream on the patches to stop the itching. If you'd like more info you can check out my website at http://www.atterberrynation.myarbonne.com.

I hope this info helps.

Unfortunately, not until age 6. Our son has dealt with his allergies until they finally tested him.

Fish oil has completelyy elinimated my daughters eczema, ask your dr for dosage guidlines or go to Whole Foods and speak with one of thier people. It comes in a liquid form that is easy to give.

Hi A.,

I'm not sure about the allergy testing, I think I remember my daughter's ped. saying around age 2. My daughter also suffered from eczema, but I was very leary of using the steriod creams because of all the negative side effects. We tried many different things that helped a little, but never got rid of the redness in the creases of her arms. Then I found an on-line wellness store and decided to convert my home to non-toxic cleaning supplies. This store has an amazing 'Renew' lotion that has worked wonders on my daughter's eczema. For the first time in a year we have completely gotten rid of the red creases in her arms and they haven't come back. The Renew lotion is AMAZING! You have to have a membership to shop at this store so PM me if you'd like more info. on how to get signed up. You can also check out this website for more information. www.livetotalwellness.com/txmommy

Ashely,

If you are open to alternative medicine, then I stongly suggest N.A.E.T. allergy treatments. They are done by a chiropractor who is certified in N.A.E.T. My son has severe eczema and is currently getting N.A.E.T. treatments and it is helping his skin! I don't know how old a child has to be to get N.A.E.T. treatments, but I think it's worth it for you to find out. You can go to www.naet.com and enter in your zip code and find a N.A.E.T. doctor in your area and call and find out what the minimum age is. If your baby is not old enough, I strongly suggest doing this for him when he is old enough. If you have any questions about this, you can PM me. Good luck!

Your pedi can order testing done. We had to actually go to a quest diognistics location to get the blood drawn; however, our pedi ordered the testing. however, he said it is not 100% correct. you may want to ask your pedi. good luck

We go to doctor Melvin Joki in Mansfield. My baby is very allergic to many foods. He ordered an Allergy test for him at 6 months, and we found that he is allergic to Dairy, Soy, Wheat, Egg White, Peanuts, Sesame Seeds, and Dog Dander. It will help you heaps to know which foods to reduce, or completely avoid depending on the severity. Its a contreversial issue on how to approach certain allergies which are not fatal and probably cause something like a light eczema only. Do you continue to give that food so that they get immuned, or do we completely cut it down? Do we give them allergy shots? I guess the answer to this would be your gut feeling. Until last week I exclusively breastfed him (he will be 1 year in 2 weeks), so I looked at the severity of the allergy, and I completely took my peanuts out of the diet, but I still had some milk every day. I went to an allegist and he told me to just take things like milk, wheaty food in moderate. Now that he is not breastfed he takes a hypo-allergenic formula. Anyways each childs severity of the allergies would defer, and best thing is to consult your baby's pedi and an allergist and go with your gut feeling according to the results you would get. Also the allergist told me not to completely rely on the test, we have to try the foods and see how he reacts. And he said that they will do a test when he is three years old, and that test will be more accurate than these infant allergy tests.

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