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Following my exercise-induced anaphylactic episode, I went to an allergist for some preliminary allergy testing, to know what foods to avoid for the next month, and to get a lab slip for detailed allergy testing next month.
Basic allergy testing is done with a scratch test. The idea behind scratch testing is to induce a small, controlled allergic reaction on the skin. This is done by making a shallow puncture (scratch) on the skin, through which allergen is delivered. The allergist draws a large grid on your back, and in each cell, stabs you with a small plastic “fork,” dipped in a specific allergen. Any allergen which evokes a reaction creates a visible, puffy red blotch on the skin within fifteen minutes. The shape and size of each blotch is sketched on paper and compared against a blotch from a pure histamine scratch.
Since the cost for a scratch test is the same no matter how many allergens are tested, I decided to get tested for a whole lot of them, from a full pollen panel to a full animal panel and a whole mess of foods.
A young nurse led me into an examination room and told me to take off my shirt. So I did. What else would I do?
She had me sit on a low stool and rest my arms on an examination table. I was not to turn around or move. She then took out a Sharpie marker and started drawing a grid on my back. It tickled, but hey, if that’s how she does it, then that’s how she does it.
She then brought in a little tray of little plastic forks inverted in little plastic containers with liquid in them. And then she proceeded to take the little plastic forks out of their little plastic containers, one at a time, and stab me in the back. I’m not really into this kind of thing—it kind of hurts—but if that’s what it takes, that’s what it takes.
After she exhausted her little tray of little plastic forks, she left the room for about fifteen minutes. During those fifteen minutes, I wasn’t to touch or scratch my back, and wasn’t to move from my position. At first I thought it was a good thing I had a book on me. But as soon as I found my place in my book—I really should use a bookmark—my back started itching. A lot.
My back started feeling warm. And itching more. Then burning hot, like my back were on fire. The itch grew unbearable. I couldn’t even think. It took everything I had to maintain the position. Jesus, woman, what the hell is wrong with you? Are you trying to kill me?
Eventually, she came back in with a young female doctor—wow—whose eyes grew larger than dinner plates when she saw my back.
Doctor: “My god, are you okay?”
Me: “It itches, but I think I’m fine. It’s not too bad.”
Doctor: “Are you sure? Think you need some Benadryl?”
Me: “No, it’s really not that bad.”
Doctor: “Really? It looks pretty bad to me. Your back’s practically on fire.”
Me: “No, really, I’m fine. Just get it over with so I can scratch my back. The itch is killing me.”
Doctor: “Okay, I’ll be back in a minute with some Benadryl and cold cream. They should help. Nurse, sketch whatever you can. If you can’t, just write it down.”
The nurse sketched the reacted blotches on my back. The doctor came back with a pill and some water, but waited for the nurse to finish before giving it to me and forcing me to take it. She then took a closer look at my back.
Doctor: “We don’t usually see allergic reactions this severe.”
Me: “Really? How bad is it?”
Doctor: “The blotches—here, look—usually fit in the grid so we can draw them all. Some of these go outside of their cells and some actually merged with each other. We can’t even tell what the shape or size of some are because they’re too big. For those, we’ll just say ‘severe.'”
Me: “There are a lot of blotches here.”
Doctor: “Yes. You’re severely allergic to every pollen on the panel.”
Me: “That explains my year-round sniffles.”
Doctor: “You’re also allergic to all common animals in houses except cockroaches.”
Me: “So I can keep cockroaches as pets?”
Doctor: “Sure, if you really want to. This mold allergy is pretty bad too. But the main thing we’re here for today is foods.”
Me: “How does it look, Doc? Will I live?”
Doctor: “I wouldn’t call it much of a life.”
Here’s a list of foods that I’m allergic to and will have to avoid for the next month:
- Brazil nut
Why do I live?
I also wrote another article this week which you may enjoy.