(Closed) need advice from fellow wimps …

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

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 # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

@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
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18641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
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5428 posts
Bee Keeper

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
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
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751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

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
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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