Skin Testing for Allergies… you guessed it!

After getting blood drawn last month and having it allergy tested for my EoE, I had to go back to the hospital for a physical skin prick allergy test.  The doctors needed confirmation that although the blood tests stated I was allergic to eggs, soy, peanuts and of course wheat they needed to know if I would have a physical skin reaction and if those foods were causing my Eosinophilic Esophagitis.

A skin prick test is done by prickers that contain a little bit of the liquid allergen. The allergens are numbered on a patients back, and if the area becomes inflamed it means that the patient is allergic.

The after math of the skin test, while waiting for the inflammation to occur (you have to wait 15 minutes to analyze the results) felt like 10,000 stinging ants running around my back. It was SO itchy I didn’t know what to do with myself. My mum sat fanning my back to try and ease the itchiness which lasted about 20 mins after the test.

I was tested for peanut, soy, egg white, wheat (LOL), milk, and pecans. I learned that I am allergic to peanuts, soy, eggs and wheat (I already knew that though).

The photo above shows 1. Eggs 2. Milk 3. Wheat 4. Soybean 5. Peanut 6. Pecan 7. Saline and 8. Histamine.

I will go back to the hospital in the next month or so to discuss a spray for my throat. The Dr.’s did say that these allergies are only bothering my throat with inflammation- I am Asymptomatic with these foods however, need to stay away from them as they are damaging my Esophagus.

 

xoxo

O

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