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does more exposure to allergen=worse allergies

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CATHY_T
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9/24/08 6:12 P

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It's very complicated and confusing, isn't it? The immune system is a hugely complex thing with many types of cells and other hormones and natural body chemicals interacting. The type of allergy or intolerance depends on the exact combination of what "goes wrong" or gets "out of balance" in the immune system at that time.

I would guess that the reaction you have pinpointed to citric acid is an irritation rather than an allergic reaction - it is an acid, after all, and could easily irritate a baby's sensitive skin!

If your LO's only reaction to milk is a slight eczema, then you may want to limit dairy to control that rather than eliminate it altogether. It seems most likely that your LO will grow out of his eczema - most children do! If it's more serious and bothers him a lot, then maybe you should talk to your pedi about cutting out dairy. I would definitely consult with a doctor before cutting out a major food group from your diet, and only do it with some nutritional advice so you don't get deficient in any nutrients!

Good luck!

PS my LO had small patches of eczema for ages, and homeopathy cleared it up within a week when none of the over-the-counter or prescribed creams from my doc helped at all.

Edited by: CATHY_T at: 9/24/2008 (18:15)

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9/24/08 5:40 P

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The whole hting is so confusing, and studies for years have contridicted each other. I was told early on that being around cats actually reduces allergies, then later was told it can increase asthma. I know typically you are told with food allergies that the more exposure, the worse the reaction (same as with bee stings) and the less likely to outgrow it. But, then why do they give you shots of offending allergens to desensitize you? Ugh, so hard to know.

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9/24/08 2:34 P

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I don't know the answer to the original question, but if you at all suspect nuts, Cetaphil is a bad one. It has macadamia nut oil in the ingredients.

I actually think that eliminating the exposure early in life reduces the potential for severe allergies later on. However, then why do kids who grow up with dogs have fewer pet allergies?

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there is actually a blood test that they can run to find out about certain food allergies. DD had bad eczema that wouldn't go away so my pedi tested her for milk, eggs, soy and a bunch of other things. Turns out she is allergic to peanuts. That one does get worse with exposure, I'm not sure about milk. I've also discovered that she is allergic to oat (even the oat in the aveeno eczema baby wash!) and now I suspect shellfish (I ordered the endless shrimp at red lobster and she completely broke out about 20 hours later) MM me if you want to talk more...food allergies in LO's has become my passion lately!

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9/23/08 4:07 P

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There are definitely pediatric allergists out there (depends on your locale, of course) that can do testing on LOs. My best friend's now 2 year old had some done shortly after his first birthday last summer. They're now going to try letting him eat eggs while IN the office, as he's tested negative for egg allergies.

If you need help finding one (i.e., can't get a good recommendation from your pediatrician), send me a message. I'm good friends with my allergist, and can get recommendations from him. He helped with my friend.


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9/23/08 3:52 P

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Jenn, Ben gets eczema when he's had certain foods - sweet potatoes, pluots (cross between apricot and plum). He also gets a dipaer rash. Everything clears up within a day or two after we stop the offending food. I agree with PP - allergy testing might be the way to go. I know they can test for food allergies in adults, not sure about the protocol for babes. Hopefully your new pedi will refer you to a specialist. Also, I know I've posted this before but this website has good info on products that don't use chemicals. Seems like that might help too.
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9/23/08 2:46 P

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My Pedi is worthless. LOL. He all but blew me off. He doesn't speak english very well and I think he has trouble understanding what I'm trying to ask. He said not to jump to any conclusions about DS having an allergy and we need to try the offending food 4 times and if he has a reaction still, then maybe allergic... BS. If he saw the rash that popped up on DS's face there would be no doubt. My whole family has severe allergies, so I know enough about it to know when my son is having a reaction to something. ANYHOW, I am changing PEd's and will go to someone new for his 12month check up. In the mean time, no more dairy for him and limited for myself.
As far as eczema, the NP told me months ago when it first cropped up on DS that it more than likely signaled an allergy to something, but figuring out what can be a nightmare.
We finally figured out that any type of baby soap, no matter how mild, even the aveno for eczema, didn't work. We have to use Dove bar soap for sensitive skin. We only do baths 2 times a week, and I use Cetaphil lotion daily sometimes twice daily if it's getting bad. On his "bad" spots I use cortisone cream. I also like the eczema cream that is the "natural" something brand with winnie the pooh on the front. They have a whole line of products.
I hope DS eventually outgrows the dairy allergy, me and my sisters did, so hopefully he will too.

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9/23/08 2:27 P

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I think the only way I'd expose him to something you know he's allergic to food-wise is under the care of a pediatric allergist. I know they can tolerize people/patients to environmental allergens (had that done to me, and it worked wonders) and I think to some foods. For mild allergies, I think you stop giving them the offending food, but many babies do outgrow the dairy allergy after a while.


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9/23/08 3:06 A

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My daughter also has eczema, *very* bad eczema, and for a while there she was allergic to peanuts. We cut peanuts out of her diet for a couple of years, and now she is just fine with them.

I have no idea what would have happened if we had not cut them out, though, so I'm not much help there.

What lotions or medications are you using for your DS? What seems to work the best for you?

There is actually a study that was recently published that links tylenol/acetaminophen use in the first year of life to a significant increase of eczema and asthma by the age of 6 or 7.
here is the link

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/2678
8879/



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edit:fixing the link

Edited by: ANN333 at: 9/23/2008 (03:08)

BUBS76
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9/22/08 11:31 A

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Finally figured out DS is allergic to milk. He obviously isn't too terribly allergic, or this is something we would have figured out a long time ago. His weight gain has always been fine. And basically the only syptoms he's had has been eczema. My question is, is he more likely to become more allergenic towards dairy if I don't cut it all out? Is he less likely to outgrow it if I don't cut it out?

In the past, I had noticed that anytime I eat a bunch of cheese/milk his eczema got worse. But everyone just thought I was being silly and would make other excuses. Like oh it's summer time and hot, and now they say, oh it's fall and dry.
He also has environmental allergies and gets welts when exposed to old dust. And has reactions to bug bites.
He also gets rashy around his mouth when he eats gerber bananas. I assume it's the citric acid since real bananas aren't a problem. So will more exposure to the citric acid make that worse also???
I just don't want to make his allergies worse and would really like to up his chances of outgrowing them.
I do have his 9 month apt today, but I like to comapre what you gals have to say to what the Dr. says. :-)

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