Saturday, March 02, 2013

Allergies

Never being one to do anything in moderation, my allergy testing revealed that I am allergic to All The Things.  Grasses, molds, pollens, cats, dogs, roaches (!!!)... essentially, if it's tested for on a standard scratch test, I react to it.

The first round of testing was on my back.  Out of 50 scratches, I reacted to 32.


The next round was on my left arm and was injected.  18 shots.  They weren't deep, and at worst it felt like a little bit of a pinch.  I reacted to all 18.


And yes, my left arm and portions of my back still itch.  Thankfully I'm back on Zyrtec at least, and can take Benadryl toward the evening when things get rougher.

What this ultimately means for me is that I'm going to have to take allergy shots.  When someone my age has allergies this severe, to the point where the standard medications -- --antihistamine pills and eye drops -- don't work, it's time to haul out the big guns.  Sure, the steroid eye drops are working except on the worst of days, but one of the side effects from those is glaucoma and considering that my genetics already predispose me to same, I'd rather keep my vision thankyouverymuch.

On the minus side to all of this, once I stopped the steroids my face puffed up.  Lovely.

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So anyway, there we are.  In light of all my lovely allergies I've decided to avoid gluten starting, well, now.  I'm not going to freak if I screw it up, but considering everything I figure it won't hurt to see if I'm possibly gluten sensitive, or at least if I somehow feel better without it in my diet.  I'm not married to this concept by any means :P  I'm more just entertaining myself by using my own body as a science experiment.

Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

8 comments:

Jeanette said...

Wow, that's really intense, I'm sorry you have to go through all that! At least you know for certain what you are allergic to and are taking steps... as a person who doesn't really have many allergies, I don't really know how frustrating it can be!

Leigh C. said...

Wow! That's a lot of allergies. So sorry you have to get the shots, but if it helps with quality of life, it's worth it!

Jennifer Colgan said...

Oh man, that sucks. As a fellow "allergic to all the things" person, I feel your (itchy) pain.

Do you plan on getting tested for food allergies as well?

PlumPetals said...

Wow. that's really a lot to go through. I hope the changes you're making in your diet help!

Brent said...

Giving up gluten now? Let's just give up food while we're at it ;) We'll stick to water, and if we need something with texture we can eat ice.

Dr. Fat To Fit said...

Allergies=no fun. Bummer. But, hopefully the shots will help.

WhisperingWriter said...

Yikes, I'm so sorry you have to deal with that.

Jenn said...

Oh my goodness.
That's crazy!!!

I hope that this information helps you to feel better! Avoiding gluten is a smart idea. I'm sure you will feel some measure of difference without it your diet.

Keep us posted on these body science experiments :)