Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Annie is Allergic to EVERYTHING!

Okay, she isn't allergic to everything but it seems like it. Yesterday she had an appointment with an Allergist. She has been suffering alot lately. She had a CT to take a closer look at her sinus cavity and all came back normal. So, our Doctor recommended a trip to the Allergist to have the Skin Test ran and get to the bottom of these problems.

She fought Asthma growing up as well as allergies. Her Asthma medicine pretty much kept things normal for her. She outgrew the Asthma, but started having throat and sinus infections. I don't know why she has never had this run of test done before. I always questioned it but, oh well.

So, she had 63 skin testings. First, they took test on her back. They marked her back with codes, then scrap & drop little drops of stuff like pollens, molds, and pet dander.

After that round, which by the way was not at all painful, but extremely itchy and irritating as time lapse to find which she has allergies with. Then came the shots. They too did not hurt (okay maybe a little, Annie was wincing a bit). They were actually just under the skin not injected into her body. She looked like a native from some tribe that does those texture tattoos. She had over twenty bumps up and down her arms. As she waited for reactions, she started itching so badly.

I was really nervous about the pets. Of course I knew they would say she is allergic to dogs and cats. I have always feared it, however, she has been fine around them unless they lick her. Then she would get itchy. She has lived with pets for all 18 years. We have ALWAYS had a couple to many pets. Guilty Guilty!

So, what were the results?

She is allergic to:
Cats
Dogs
Horses
9 different types of trees
Grass
8 types of Weed pollens
and Mold spores (however, only 1 of the 22 types she was exposed too)

What to do?
No, we do not have to get rid of the pets. THANK YOU GOD!
But, I have to clean better, duh... I could have told you that. The pets need to be bathed weekly (Dakota already does, the interesting part will be getting the big dogs & cats bathed!) Also, they are not allowed in her room, which they never have been. She needs a HEPA filtered air cleaner for her room, pillow & mattress encasing, and she has nasal rinses & sprays. She at this point, does not need allergy shots.

Poor Baby. She is just happy to start feeling better!

8 comments:

Live the Life you Love said...

hahaha dang is is allergic to everything! 9 different trees? weird

Linda said...

Sounds like my Sarah. She has been allergic to Milk Protein and Eggs since birth and is not outgrowing those allergies. Milk Protein means anything that contains whey, cassein, any attribute of Milk Protein and it's not only digestive - just wiping milk on her skin, makes her break out.

She also has seasonal allergies just like her parents and chronic sinus issues.

She's suffered from Scalp Psoriasis and Eye Ezcema since she was around age 2. I noticed recently that new patches have started to form on her neck. At least the scalp portion has improved from when I used to have to cut out the huge pieces of plaque that would adhere like glue to her hair.

My sympathy goes out to anyone with allergies. And while there are treatments, we've never found anything to be completely helpful.

Mark said...

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kim said...

MAYBE SHE AND MY JESSE SHOULD BE A COUPLE!! LOL!! I THOUGHT THE DR. WAS TRYING TO SCAM ME...WHEN HE WAS ALLERGIC TO EVRYTHING HE WAS TESTED FOR!! I DO MEAN EVERYTHING!! WITH TREATMENT HE HAS DONE VERY WELL! LOVE YOU!!

An English Shepherd said...
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An English Shepherd said...

Sorry to read about the allergic reactions. Good luck with sorting out this out for Annie.

Fire Byrd said...

Your cats are going to want to leave home getting bathed every week!
xx

Anonymous said...

I feel for her. Thank God for Claritin and Benedryl. When I moved down here I realized it was the allergy capital of the US, moist warm air..Deb.