Post # 1
So I have to go for allergy testing in 2 weeks and it’s literally all I can think about.
I. AM. PETRIFIED.
I’ve heard so many mixed reviews — everything from “itchy” to “the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life.”
I know I just need to relax and breathe. But I can’t. I’m literally having nightmares.
I’ve never had a broken bone, stiches, not even a cavity! So I seriously don’t know what my pain tolerance is. I mean, I got a tiny tattoo a few months ago. It took 10 minutes. And the pain was pretty bad for like the first 2 minutes but after that no big deal.
So…. I just dont’ know. Even getting the tattoo took me FIVE LONG YEARS before I could build up enough guts to do it.
I just wish I weren’t afraid! I thought of taking a friend with me but … they’re all so tough. My one friend just had hernia surgery and another friend had a biopsy so I feel like such an idiot baby asking them to help me get through this.
What do the other wimps out there do to cope with this? My anxiety is, like, having physical affects. I’m having nightmares. Can’t breathe. Shit. I’m afraid I’m going to pass out.
Post # 3
My friend is taking her toddler for allergy tests this week, if you can handle a tattoo you can TOTALLY handle an allergy test, I’m 100% sure of it!
Post # 4
My sister is a medical assitant @ an allergy office. I’ve never heard her talk about anyone that freaked out from pain, or anything like that. She does the tests on little kids all the time, and they may cry.. but it’s nothing major. I think you’ll do just fine! It can’t be any worse then a tattoo.
Post # 5
I don’t know if this will help, but my Darling Husband gets allergy shots regularly (adn therefore had to test at one point too), and he actually said the testing was sorta…cool. It’s interesting if you’ve suffered your whole life from allergies to know specifically what you are allergic to (he had a humongous welt where they pricked him for cats! Itchy, but not painful). He did itch with certain things, but didn’t experience pain.
Any reputable allergist will make sure that you are in the office for an extended length of time when you test or get shots. DH’s shots take what–20 seconds?–but his appointment extends to at least 45 minutes to an hour so that if he has a reaction, he’s right there with the allergist who can help him. It’s the same with the testing–you should be able to sit there as long as necessary and if something becomes painful, I doubt that they’ll tell you you have to just sit there in pain. There’s probably some way for them to address it. Bottom line: you’re in a safe place when you do this sort of thing.
Post # 6
I used to be TERRIFIED of needles, so allergy testing was one of the worst things I could imagine. I had to do it, though, so I could start getting allergy shots… Otherwise I was going to have to give up my cats.
It wasn’t pleasant. I’ll say that much. The pain wasn’t bad, though. The worst part was all the itchiness afterward. It was awful at first, and it lasted for days. It wasn’t too bad, though, since when I got home, I just hopped myself up on Benadryl and passed out for eight hours.
You can do it!
Post # 7
i’m also starting a new job 2 days after the testing …. am i going to be miserable and itchy and not able to function? AUGH!!!!!!!!
Post # 8
@Stace126: You’ll be a bit itchy but otherwise just fine. Keep some Claritin on hand.
Please note that this is coming from someone who had extreme allergies to just about everything, and so my reactions were pretty severe. You probably won’t react as badly as I did.
Post # 9
I have severe allergies and the shots were pretty itchy and hard to not scratch but nowhere near the worst pain in my life.
Post # 10
The shots for the test were fine. The ones that were a little painful were the biggest dose shots and even then I’d say it was only like a pinch. If you can put up with a tattoo, no matter how small, this will be a cakewalk for you 🙂
Post # 11
Try to relax. On a scale of 1 to 10 of the pain I have endured in my life, allergy shots rate about a 1.
Post # 12
I need to have an allergy test, I think I may be allergic to one of the animals in the house, ca,t dog, or bird. Don’t know what to do once I find out, the animals aren’t going anywhere….
Post # 13
I have a huge tattoo on the exact spot where they do allergy testing on your forearm. I was pretty much writhing in pain the entire time through my tatt, asking the artist to stop every 10 seconds.
Allergy testing is NO comparison, it doesn’t hurt at all. Hurts way less than a shot.
Seriously, I’m the hugest pussy ever. Tattoos kill. Allergy testing is a joke.
Calm down 🙂 🙂
Post # 14
I had a full panel of allergy testing on my back and both my forearms. I agree with PPs, on a scale from 1 to 10, it’s about a 1. I didn’t react with anything (except the histamine) so it wasn’t even very itchy. I’m a HUGE wimp about needles too, so much so I cried during my last HPV vaccine. Yes I was like 22 years old. Don’t worry, it’ll be fine!!
Post # 15
I was allergy tested about 4 years ago. They pricked my entire back, upper arms, and thighs. It honestly didn’t hurt a bit.
Post # 16
I have severe allergies and tested allergic to most of the full screen. There was no pain and the itchiness was localized. A good tester babbles away to keep you distracted from that spot. The worst/best part of the experience? I got a shot of adrenalin to keep me going till I got home but passed out on the bus before I got there…the bus driver woke me up and dropped me off at an unauthorized stop at my home where I proceeded to have the best damned sleep ever.
Nowhere in there was there pain. Tats are way worse – I got one of those too 🙂