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February 17th, 2005

I went for some lovely allergy testing this afternoon where I was poked with many needles, and the results are that I am allergic to two trees (maple and oak), one grass (bahia – wth is that?), 8 different molds, and housedust mites. The mites are what freaks me out. Did you know that the average number of mites in a bed is 2,000,000? That’s just disgusting. And you can’t see mites as they are microscopic, but 84% of homes have detectable levels of dust mite allergens in their bed(s). So I guess I’m supposed to start washing my bedding more often.

I also was given a prescription for Singulair and Allegra. Just add those to the two maintenance drugs I already take that I wish I didn’t have to. I feel chronic. I really hate to see how many medications I’m on when I’m old. Yeesh!

The interesting thing was that I wasn’t allergic to any animals. I could have sworn I had allergies to dogs, and some cats, but the tests didn’t pick that up. So there is hope that one day, when Joe’s kids are older, I will be a pet owner. Although considering what a control freak I am and how clean I try to keep my house, it’s doubtful. Unless I become rich and give my pets their own house, that is. :)

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  1. plum
    February 17th, 2005 at 19:11 | #1

    You sound like me – I’m allergic to certain grasses, trees, and especially dust. I am also on Singulair and at one point took Allegra (until my insurance company refused to pay for it anymore).

    God, when I think of dust mites I just get the heebee jeebees – they totally squig me out. Okay I’m all itchy now.

  2. February 18th, 2005 at 16:11 | #2

    Isn’t that test fun? I am allergic to EVERYTHING. The doctor and nurses were really surprised because most of the areas they poked reacted worse than they had ever seen before! I got three prescriptions – pills, nasal spray, and an inhaler but of all of those the inhaler is the only one that helps any. Because I’m allergic to indoor (dust, pets, everything) as well as outdoor (trees, pollen, grass) if I’m exercising my lungs tighten up like I have asthma – which I fortunately don’t have – and the inhaler helps greatly. I hope the meds work better for you!

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