So, I went to the allergist today. Three bouts with bronchitis in a row, plus endless breathing problems before that, and I'm done. I don't care what it takes, just break out those needles and FIX ME!!!
For those who don't know, they draw a huge grid on your back, and poke you with some sharp peices of plastic containing concentrations of allergens.
You also get two controls: one is a non-reactive substance (I assume Saline or something equivilent) and the other is Histamine, the chemical that is produced by the body's attack on the allergins, and which causes the allergy symptoms.
My reaction to the non-reactant control was the expected - and my reaction to the Histamine was the expected ++++
This gives you the range from no reaction (-) to the Histamine reaction (++++) (a scale of 0-4, basically).
Here are my test results: Mold Spores:
Paper Birch ++++ Short Ragweed ++++ Alternaria -
Boxelder/Maple Mix ++++ Giant Ragweed ++++ Cladosporium +
Mulberry ++++ Marshelder ++++ Epicoccum +
Red Oak ++++ Sagebrush Mix ++++ Helminthosporium +
White Ash ++++ Russian Thistle ++++ Aspergillus fumigatus +
Shagbark Hickory ++++ Careless - Pigweed ++++ Pullularia +
American Elm ++++ Fusarium +
Kentucky Blue Grass ++++ Penicillium +
Timothy Grass ++++ Phoma +
Dustmite (D. Farinae) - Rhizopus ++
Dustmite (D. Pteronyssinus) +++
My allergist, who seems to have a gift for understatment, said "You are a candidate for shots."
No wonder I have been having a hard time running. I'm allergic to the whole darned out-of-doors! (And the in-of-doors too!)
One up-note...my peak-flow reading in the middle of an asthma attack was 490...a good score for a normal, healthy adult woman.
Another up-note is that I CAN get shots, and don't have to sell the dog and buy pet cockroaches. LOL! Although those Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches are pretty cool.