Today we received the results of Skyler’s food allergy testing in the mail. Two types of tests were administered. The first test was for IgE antibodies. An IgE reaction to food is an immediate reaction – skin rashes and lip swelling are examples. These are the types of allergic reactions we are all familiar with. The results are classified as 0 to IV, with class I being the least reactive and class IV being the most allergenic item. We started by testing egg white, soy bean, milk, wheat, corn, and yeast. Out of these foods, egg white was listed as “equivocal,” meaning that it wasn’t in the negative range, but also was not high enough to rank as class I. Milk was listed in the class I range, but just barely. The other foods were negative for IgE response. So, I guess this means that Skyler has an immediate reaction to milk (and possibly egg white), but thankfully a mild reaction. Needless to say, we will continue restricting milk from his diet.
The second type of test administered was for IgG antibodies. An IgG response is a delayed allergic reaction, and symptoms can widely vary. Symptoms may include fatigue, headache, constipation, hyperactivity, or irritability. These reactions are also classified on a scale of 0 to IV. We again tested the six foods previously mentioned. The results were shocking to say the least. While Skyler was negative for reaction to corn and soy bean, he ranked as a class III in wheat and cow milk and a class IV in egg white! Oh my!!! This means that he has a fairly strong delayed reaction to wheat and milk and a really strong delayed reaction to egg white. I don’t quite know what to say about these results, but I am glad that we have another piece of information to aid us towards recovery. Each test result that comes back is yet another piece of the autism puzzle that takes us one step closer. I couldn’t be more pleased with Dr. Biddle!
We now have a couple of options. We can eliminate these foods from his diet or we can administer allergy desensitization drops daily to help Skyler develop immunity towards these foods. I suspect that we will choose to administer the allergy drops because I would hate to restrict so many different foods from his diet. Also, to be perfectly honest, it would be very difficult for us to eliminate milk, wheat, and eggs from Skyler’s diet because we eat out so often, and there just aren’t a lot of restaurants around here that serve healthy food choices for children. A bottle of allergy drops can contain up to 18 different foods, so we will probably be testing other foods before ordering them so that we can include as many allergens as possible. Might as well get the biggest bang for our buck. The cost of this treatment runs at $165 every three months, and of course insurance does not cover it – big sigh. Between paying for monthly supplements, methyl-B12 shots, and now allergy drops, it is certainly costing a considerable amount each month to heal Skyler. But, it is definitely worth it!
We are already seeing amazing gains in language, pretend play, and socialization. Even skeptics are now beginning to admit that there is a huge difference in Skyler since we started this journey last month. I can’t wait to see where this road takes us. If Skyler has made this many gains in a month, just imagine where he will be this time next year! I predict he will no longer be diagnosed on the autism spectrum. I couldn’t be happier with his progress. I am one excited and proud mommy!