Well, today was the day I went to the allergy specialist. I had a long chat with the lovely doctor, recounting my medical roller coaster. I went equipped with my face cream ingredients, from the co-op bulk section, after my mum reported a mild reaction to the same cream. This helped narrow down some of the things to test me for, so from memory there was, on the right arm
- cinnamon extract
- some artificial cinnamon like thing
There were more than this, but it was all verbal and I’m bad with memory!
Then for the left arm – which was the more common allergens, like grasses, animals, moulds etc. Look at how much was going on in that arm!
The + and – are controls. One is saline – which you’re not to react to. The other is histamine, you’re meant to react to that (if you don’t, it indicated you might have taken an antihistimine in the past 6 days). After you’ve been a human voodoo doll, you have to wait, so for that, I got you a waiting room photo (cause seriously, my arms are not that interesting):
Oh, so the guy (nurse?) doing all the pricking gave me photography hints! Using the light and turning my arm so you can see the nice raised bumps. I may or may not have mentioned I might blog about this, but if nothing else, family would be interested to see how I went.
So, the afters:
Wowa, I was itchy! That was 10 minutes of annoyance, cause of COURSE you can’t scratch!!
So what was the result? I definitely react to the daisy family (Candula is an ingredient in the face cream, so that’s why I was tested for that) on the right arm – which was number 7.
On the left arm, I tended to react to everything, but most notably to a type of grass! I also reacted to two different moulds, that the body can have – that seriously gave me the heeby geebies! And I think the big post closest to you is from dust mites – which I was a little surprised by. Not that it’s uncommon, but I’ve never thought that I react to dust.
The top right of the photo, the 1-5 are for cat, dog, bird, horse and then sheep – all of them giving mild reactions. This is interesting, as I mentioned I didn’t mind reacting to cats (not a family favourite), and I’m drafting a post about dogs/puppies *smirks*. The technician/nurse suggested we could fudge the photos with histamine to make it LOOK like I was allergic, but when he saw the results, he actually said ‘well fudging the animal reactions won’t be necessary!’. To be honest, for all I say about not loving animals, I didn’t really want to be allergic to them either!
So what happens next? I got given a patch on my upper left arm with the offending moisturiser to see how I react. If it gets ‘really bad’ I can take it off, and photograph it. But otherwise, I’m due back in their rooms on Tuesday morning to see how things went. And then, I might start on periodic injections, which will help build my immunity to allergens.
Did I ask about gluten? The doctor touched on it, but as I suspected, my reaction two weeks ago would be unlikely to have been caused by it (not surprising, I didn’t eat any!). I know this allergy specialist is likely to become a more regular part of my schedule, so I’m sure I can nut out the details with him over time. There’s some great charts, I took a photo of the snippet that most relevant to my current reactions:
So, what are you (formally or informally) allergic to? How did you come to work it out?