Visiting An Allergist | My Experience + Results

Visiting An Allergist | My Experience + Results

Hi there! πŸ’™ I hope you’re having a beautiful day. 😊 Happy November to you! πŸ‚πŸŒ»πŸ’›

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 πŸ’–), 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 … πŸ˜‚ 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! πŸ˜‰)


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. πŸ˜‚πŸ‘πŸΌ 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 πŸ˜‚

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 πŸ˜‚

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 πŸ˜‚ 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. πŸ˜‚ 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. πŸ’–

Let me know in the comments below:

Have YOU ever been to an allergist?

Happy Thursday to you!

31 thoughts on “Visiting An Allergist | My Experience + Results

  1. What sinus issues do you have?
    Every time I go outside, it feels like my head is exploding and it just hurts. I have severe vertigo most of the time and inflammation around my sinuses. I have terrible sinus migraines if I spend too much time outside, and my vertigo always gets really bad in the spring and fall. I almost always have a stupid sinus infection (chronic sinusitis…Sinus surgery may be in the near future) However, I don’t start sneezing, have a runny nose or have itchy and watery eyes. Some days, I lose my sense of smell and taste.
    Anyways…….. I am getting my allergies tested in about a week… I really hope I can figure out what’s going on with my body! I think I really needed to see your post since I was kinda worried about how much it would hurt πŸ˜‚
    I hope you can feel better soon! It’s rough ❀😞

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    1. Girl, I’m not even sure. Being exposed to pollen/other airborne plant particles makes me sneeze, have a headache, stinging/itchy/watery eyes, itchy throat … it’s annoying and has gotten crazy at times, but it is honestly nothing compared to your issues!! πŸ˜“ I’m so sorry to hear about all that’s happened/is happening to you.
      My sinus issues are definitely situation-based … either with what’s in the air at the time, or because I have a cold and develop a secondary sinus infection. Your situation definitely sounds like a chronic sinus issue, and I can only imagine what that’s like πŸ˜₯
      I’ll be praying for you, Eleanor! Sinus problems are no joke. I hope you’ll be on your way to healing soon πŸ’–

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    1. I definitely recommend getting it done!
      The food mentioned as being my allergies are really light sensitivities. Aside from the seafood (which the allergist was concerned about my response to), the other foods don’t affect me very much. I would need to try eating them again and see how my body responds to them – it may be a very faint allergic response.

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  2. I remember getting this done YEARS ago and man, it was so irritating haha that’s when I found out I was allergic to dog dander (and German cockroaches). I went for allergy shots regularly for 7 years. Being allergic to almost all trees and grasses made me exempt from mowing the lawn! But I suffered so bad with marching band because pretty much every football field is Bermuda grass πŸ™ˆ

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    1. Oh gosh – yeah, I don’t think I’ll be able to help with mowing grass anymore! I’m thinking about allergy shots. I’ll have to look into it more 😊 oh wow, that’s too bad!

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  3. I think I probably have because when I was little I was allergic to milk, which was NOT fun! No chocolate! 😭😭😒😰
    Anyway, I tagged you in the autumn favourites tag (which should be fun! πŸ˜‚)

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  4. Aah this is crazy!! I’m not allergic to anything (thank God) but I don’t spend much time outside (hey, I blame the bugs for ruining nature for me πŸ˜‚ jk jk I know they’re important to the food web but ughh) so this made me get a feel for what I take for granted. Trees and grass, wow! I HATE SEAFOOD TOO! But I’m okay with Salmon. πŸ˜‚ I hope everything goes well with you – take care gurl!!

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    1. Bugs have definitely ruined nature for me on more than one occasion πŸ˜‚ I should probably try Salmon at least once in my life lol – I’m such an unadventurous person
      Thank you!

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  5. I’m an allergic sufferer too 😞 But fortunately I don’t have as much symptoms now as I had when I was younger. I’ve been to an allergist many times and I’ve had the allergy testing BUT not on my back – on my arms. And I know how much it can itch πŸ˜‚ I’m horribly allergic to dust mites, too. Every time I have just little contact with dusty things I start sneezing and, what’s the worst, I have a bad eruption on my hands and it itches so much! 😞 I’m also allergic to grasses, some trees and mold. According to my results, I’m allergic to most animals’ fur, but I don’t think that’s true. After touching e.g. a dog, horse or a hamster I don’t have any symptoms. I used to ride a horse, I had a hamster and I sometimes volunteer in a local animal shelter and I feel alright afterwards 😊 I know that having so many allergies makes your everyday life a bit harder, but I really hope you’ll cope with all of them! πŸ’• Have a wonderful November, Maggie!!

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  6. Thanks for sharing Maggie! I am always secretly nervous that I’ll try something new and end up being allergic. Also I think I’m sensitive to grasses too because if I sit on the grass in like shorts or something my legs get super itchy! I don’t do it anymore because of it but when I was in grade school and the gym teachers had us outside on the grass it was torture!

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    1. Oh nooo 😭 Eleanor, I’m sorry. Sounds like we’re on the same boat 😞 Hopefully, neither of us have an dangerous allergic reactions!
      I’m SO happy you don’t have food allergies, though! πŸ’–

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  7. Wow, I’m glad its all figured out, even if it is overwhelming. πŸ™‚ How are you doing with it all?
    I am not allergic to that many things, but I know for sure I am allergic to walnut and pecan pollen. (but I kinda think other things too…) Also, I used to be allergic to almond pollen, but that allergy went away!
    Praying for ya, Maggie! ❀

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