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.

 

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O

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When you’re basically allergic to everything!

Today I found out that I am now allergic to more than just gluten. Because of my EoE (eosinophilic esophagitis) I was tested for further allergens that may be causing the symptoms of the esophageal disease.

My tests showed me as being allergic to soy, peanut, and egg. This was extremely irritating and disappointing to find out because I eat a lot of food with those ingredients in them.

I will keep you all posted but I need further research before completely excluding these principles from my diet 😦

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O

Endoscopy! :)

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WOW, today was a busy day as I had my second endoscopy in 6 months! Maybe some of you have experienced one before or are going to, either way I hope my experience is helpful. Just before we get into the story I needed a second endoscopy after blood work showed my IgA levels were still abnormally high (a good indicator of Celiac Disease) after a gluten free diet. I woke up early today to go to Duke hospital for the procedure to be done. Upon arrival I received a cute teddy bear (which, to be honest I was a bit embarrassed to hold, as I am a teen) and, began waiting, waiting, and waiting to be called for pre-op. Once I was called I went to the surgical area where all the medical magic happens. I was put in a room where all endoscopy patients go, and got dressed into a night gown and funny looking socks, which I always laugh about. The nurse I had was charming and made the process of receiving an IV and monitor around my finger a breeze. I am generally fine about needles and this IV was inserted into the middle inner side of my arm quite easily. My nurse numbed the area just enough with an icy liquid.

This is really helpful as it takes the edge off the needle. After consent forms were completed by my parents, I was wheeled off to the procedural room. The anesthesiologist put a liquid for numbing and for sleeping into my IV. Before you know it I was knocked out!!! I sleepily woke up in another room with my parents and drank some sprite provided by the nurse, as she took out my IV, this was just as painless as when the IV went in. Once I was dressed and able to stand alright I was wheeled off in a wheel chair and into my car, we headed home. TADAAA my endoscopy was over! In 7 days time I will receive my biopsy results. I hope this has given you some incite for your future endoscopies, and remember it is never as bad as it sounds! 🙂

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O