Hi there! 💙 I hope you’re having a beautiful day. 😊 Happy November to you! 🍂🌻💛
This past Tuesday, I visited an allergist for the first time. This appointment was a loooong time in coming, because I’ve suffered from skin and sinus sensitivities since I was a toddler. None of my conditions were or are life-threatening (thank goodness 💖), but the chronic itchiness I experience daily (I have eczema) definitely makes me uncomfortable much of the time.
I don’t know why it took me so long to get this testing done … 😂 I mean, there is a right time for everything!
However, I was NOT expecting to receive the results that I did.
For the past several months, on top of all my skin problems, I’ve also been experiencing trouble in relation to food. Most of what I eat gives me some type of pain, which is extremely frustrating because my reactions to these simple meals and snacks are inconsistent! I haven’t been able to pinpoint any specific ingredient or food group because I was only suffering when I ate those things sometimes. *sighs*
So, walking into the allergist’s office earlier this week, I figured I’d be getting food allergy results. I hadn’t even thought about the other things they test for … but oh gosh, I do now.
I’m going to give you a little overview of the allergist visit experience (in case you need/want to go yourself at some point!), then I’ll disclose my results. 😊
(If you’ve already been to an allergist before, just skip this next section! 😉)
Visiting An Allergist
After signing in, I waited a little while in the first waiting room until a nurse called me back. She brought me to a little room where she took my blood pressure and heart rate, then confirmed my details. I was then shone to another room where I waited maybe fifteen minutes to see the allergist, who then went over all the issues I’ve been having and talked through some information with me.
Once we finished talking, I was led to another room where I prepped for the testing (i.e. put on the gown so my back would be exposed), then I laid flat on my belly so the nurse could clean my back. The office I went to does the allergy testing with nine sets of ten allergens each, with each of the little vials containing fluid of those allergies. One at a time, the nurse massaged the prickly sets against my back (so nine times in total). I was expecting it to hurt, since each one makes a dent in your back to allow the allergen fluid to sit on your skin, but it really wasn’t that bad. In fact, I was more affected by her writing with a pen on my back to mark which set was which. 😂👍🏼 Go figure.
Once that was done, I was instructed to lie still for fifteen minutes, which gave the allergens time to react in my skin. (Creepy, right?) I was expecting the whole time for my entire back to begin madly itching, but only one of the sections did! AND IT WAS SUCH A BAD ITCH, GUYS. Like, I’ve never gone so long without relieving an itch hahah
When the nurse and allergist came in to assess my response to all 96 (or so) allergens, their faces said it all. Once I got up from the table and took a picture of my back, I understood their concern.
Most of my back was pink.
I’m at least mildly sensitive to ALL of the things they put on my skin.
Getting My Results
A few minutes later, the allergist came back in and gave me a piece of paper containing many highlighted allergens, which was all the ones I responded to.
I’m allergic to dust mites. I already knew this, since I’ve struggled with sneezing and feeling poorly around dusty things for years 😂
I’m allergic to cats. UHMMM WUT. I was NOT expecting this … but I really don’t mind, since I don’t like having cats in my living spaces 😂
I’m allergic to most trees. Finding out about this affected me the most, I think. I love being outside, but it’s apparent that my body doesn’t. 😞 I’ll have to be more careful around pollen than I already have been.
I’m allergic to all grasses. Uh … yeah, wasn’t expecting that one, either. I mean, I knew grass made me sneeze, but it’s worse than I thought.
I’m allergic to most mold. I didn’t even know they tested for this 😂 but I’m not surprised that I’m allergic to them. Who wants to be around mold, though, even if you’re not allergic??
I’m allergic to some seafood. I almost cheered when the allergist told me this, though – I’m a self-professed seafood hater. 😂 I just think it’s gross!! However, seafood allergies can get dangerous really quickly, so it’s not like this is a “good” thing. I’m just extremely glad to know that it isn’t food itself that’s the problem; it’s how my stomach responds to it all. (Which may, as a matter of fact, make my life harder. 😳)
The allergist prescribed me an epipen in the event that I ever severely respond to one of these allergens. I think it’s smart to have on hand, but it’s also scary knowing that I need something with me in the event that my body goes berserk over something 😬
So, that was my experience at the allergist’s! Honestly, what I found out I’m allergic to confirmed what I already knew, apart from having fewer food allergies than I would have expected. Now that I know the specifics on what triggers my allergic reactions, I can begin learning more about how to avoid them, cope with them, and adapt lifestyle habits that will hopefully keep my daily discomfort at a minimum. 💖
Let me know in the comments below:
Have YOU ever been to an allergist?
Happy Thursday to you!