My daughter in the last week has begun to suffer from severe allergic reactions (hives, compromised airway) after eating flour, grapes, and milk. She processed this stuff before, but I must now carry benadryl everywhere we go….. Does anyone know of any allergist in Illinois that might be willing to test her.
I have been told that they can only test on three year olds and above. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
I do not know anything about allergists in your area, but Infants, young children, and even newborns can be tested for allergies, although the options for treating the allergies at these early ages are limited because the immune system is still developing. Testing involves making very tiny pricks on the surface of the skin to gage the reaction. This is not a risky procedure, and the docs can stop the allergic reaction by administering epinephrine.
With food allergies, the allergies are sometimes tested by trial-and-error with suspected foods, instead of skin tests. The docs won't be able to do much more for you other than helping to identify the foods and prescribing something more effective than Benedryl. with food allergies, the only option is to identify the foods causing the problems and keep those food out of the diet. a dietitian is helpful once the foods are identified.