Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordy Wednesday: Allergy Test

Not much of a "wordless wednesday" post this week. 

Haylei has been suffering from small bouts of eczema since she was about 6 months old.  We never knew what caused the areas on her body to flare up.  Recently, she has developed a skin virus caused by eczema.  I'm not sure if it necessarily is caused by eczema, but the two go hand in hand.  Either way, we wanted to find out what is triggering the eczema so we can avoid the virus.  That means a trip to the allergist.  

I've never had allergy tests.  Growing up, my family suffered from the spring pollen and the occasional sinus infection.  My husband, on the other hand, was tested for allergies at an early age.  He still remembers the painful experience.  He's allergic to just about everything and some perfumes trigger migraine headaches for him.  He takes Claritin everyday.  When we got married, he took Benadryl tablets everyday.  That was before Claritin was released as OTC medication.  Anyway, we started Haylei on liquid Claritin last year.  I'd give her about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon in the mornings, especially in the springtime and fall.  It seemed that's when she got worse.  

Our suspicions were confirmed during the allergy test a couple of weeks ago.  She is allergic to spring growing grasses (specifically Bahia) and fall blooming weeds (specifically Careless Weed and Ragweed).  She is also severely allergic to dust mites.  Thankfully there are no food allergies, although I was prepared to do what we needed to so she wouldn't suffer from the uncomfortable eczema itching.  

Here's some pictures of our visit.  
 (You can see the "C" test bumps reaction to the weeds and grasses.  "B" is the dust mite A and dust mite B. She had the biggest reaction to these.)

(The nurse was measuring the size of the reaction to each specimen.  Her reaction to the dust mites were 17mm x 8mm.  And they continued to get larger when we left the office.)

(She wanted to scratch the "itchy spots" on her back.)

 (She was feeling a little distressed at this point.)

I'm so proud of her.  She did really, really good.  There were some tears, but she was such a trooper!

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Miriam said...

Poor Sweetie!! In my teen years I had some athsma and went through allergy testing twice (2 dif. Dr's)... as a "big girl" it is NO FUN!! You want to take a stiff bristled brush to your itchies! I'm glad it's not a food allergy either, and hopefully now that you know what it is, things will be a little easier for her.

I'm dreading what Susannah's future looks like - Daniel has terrible spring allergies and my fall allergies are so-so. She, too, gets excema - about once a week a little patch behind each knee. I'm careful to not eat very many eggs (as just eggs) or dairy, but I have some of my own excema cream that I put on them. When she's a little older I want do more investigating if it doesn't get better.

Susie said...

Yikes! I remember the scratch test. Not fun! I can't believe she is smiling:-)

alicia said...

Poor little thing. Stinkin allergies!! Thanks for stoppin by. Happy WW!

Sarah said...

Oh wow. I've heard about allergy tests, never seen one. Looks like she did really well. Sad to have to sit by and watch it though.

lorre said...

Wow.. she did so good smiling. I never thought to get my son tested for his eczema.


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