Post # 1
My allergies have gotten progressively worse over the past 8-10 years. This spring they have been so awful that I have been sick as HELL 3 times in the past 3 months.
I finally, finally broke down and called an allergist, asked an assistant some questions, and sucked it up and made an appointment.
The assistant person was very helpful and reassuring. She told me the skin pricks were just a scratch and only take about 10 minutes. Then after that they might do a further test with a bigger needle that takes a little longer, but if I don’t want that done, I can tell them to stop.
But when I called to make the appointment the woman said that I could be in the office for 2-4 HOURS!!!! She said that the skin pricks take more like 20-30 minutes and then they might have to do additional testing.
I seriously don’t know what to think. I’ve heard some people say that allergy testing is just ‘itchy.’ But other people have said it’s absolute torture. One girl I worked with said that it was the worst pain she ever felt in her life – and she has, like, 4 tattoos, has had a child, and about 4 major surgeries.
I am sick and tired of suffering but I am PETRIFIED that I’m not going to be able to handle this.
I have a small tattoo that took about ten minutes so everybody says I should be fine but … I don’t know.
Totally freaking out right now.
Post # 3
Well, I did it at some point in my teens, and am in my 40s now, and I have absolutely no memory of the actual testing. Which I think probably is a good thing–if it were that awful I would remember it, right?
Post # 4
@Stace126: Oh my. I found it uncomfortable, but I haven’t been through childbirth (yet!) and it was nowhere near the worst pain of my life (although I’d be happy if that were true, given I’m in for that pain in December). And my tests came back terribly (I’m allergic to 44 things). Did it suck? Yes. But mostly it was just terribly annoying. I think my appointment took around 2 hours. I get three shots a week now (well, once a month right now because I’m pregnant), and it’s totally been worth it.
As I remember, the actual test didn’t take that long, but I did a 30-minute consult with the allergist, he picked which tests we should try, I got pricked everywhere, they were labeled. I was in for about 30 minutes and then the nurse came in and did the measuring (which, given 44 positives, took quite awhile), and then I met with the allergist again. So yeah, probably about 2 hours.
Take a deep breath, and you will be fine 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 5
I have a terribly low pain-threshold (seriously, I’m a huge baby!), but I did not find the test too bad. I only got tested for about 12-15 allergens, though. Because I was only being tested for a limited number of allergens, they did the test on the inside of my forearm, not my back.
Post # 6
I’ve been tested once as a small child and once as a teen. When I was a small child, I guess I was too small for so many needles to prick my arms or something, I don’t quite know. I had them in my back. That really hurt. I remember screaming bloody murder.
When I was a teen and they pricked my arm, I didn’t think much of it at all. Granted, I went in there with my horrible, horrible fears, so I suppose it could just be a matter of perspective over my fear.
If this year has been bad, I’m not shocked. Granted, I’m on the other side of the state, but our pollen counts have been through the roof for a couple of months now. I don’t think I’ve ever known an active allergy season to last so long. At this point, I have congestion in my lungs from the prolonged issues and cough several times a day. I am also thinking of going into an urgent care clinic and getting restocked on my inhaler since it’s kicked up my asthma a bit and I’m having trouble taking really deep breaths.
Post # 7
Honestly, it’s not terrible. I was tested when I was 12 years old. Yeah, it’s itchy (I ended up being allergic to 90% of the stuff they tested for and had some giant welts where I reacted to a few of the samples), but they give you calamine lotion, antihistamines, etc.
ETA: I also had the testing done on my back, so I couldn’t even reach the really itchy ones to scratch them…now THAT was torture!
Post # 8
My son was 2 when he had extensive scratch tests conducted and, although he was itchy, he was fine. I would bring something to take your mind off of it and kill time (the testing did take about 3 hours).
Post # 9
I have really bad allergies and recently went, they did a blood test. See if they can just do that instead.