So today was the long awaited appointment with the allergist for allergy testing. I was not entirely excited, but I was actually looking forward to this. I can finally know what I’m having reactions too.
First off, he did a dermographism test. Even though I already know I have it. He lightly scratched my arms with a wood stick, and sweet lord…. This is what happened.
It’s hard to see in the picture, but the welts were about 1/4” off my arm. 6 hours later, I’m still red there.
The test began with the family tests (Families of allergens that is) on my back. 8 groups of about 5 pin pricks. That…. Honestly did not hurt much. It didn’t tickle, though. From there they found families I had reactions to and then did further tests on my arms. Now the more concentrated tests on my arms; those HURT. Oh my good lord those hurt. But we were able to narrow things down a bit. My list of allergens include:
Ragweed was the worst.
And oddly enough, cats.
I explained to him that I had a cat at home that I’ve had for over 8 years, that sheds EXCESSIVELY all year round. And sleeps on my face. He said with all allergies, reactions can vary. And some reactions are unnoticeable. And there can also be as small as a 1 in 5 chance for a reaction at all. So even though I tested positive for a cat allergy, doesn’t mean I’ll have reactions to cats. Yeah I’m confused too.
As for my alleged seafood allergy, they had to do some blood tests since food allergies are more dangerous. So I have to wait for results on that. But he did show that “normal” fish I had no reaction to. Shellfish had a nearly non-existent reaction. Hence the blood tests. They’re also testing for thyroid problems which can cause sudden allergy onsets and dermographism.
So that’s about it for now. Nothing unusual or exciting, thankfully. Pretty standard allergies. I’m tired and kind of itchy and sore, but other than that I’m fine. Oh, and he gave me my very own shiny new Epi-pen. “just in case”. I dunno that I’ll ever need it, but I have it nonetheless. So if you ever go into anaphylaxes in my presence…fear not, I shall save you!! ;)