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Offline UrbanEast  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, September 6, 2017 1:02:54 AM(UTC)
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My eyes have been red for the past few months, and my ophthalmologist sent me to an allergist. Allergist tend will probably do a skin prick test, which involves a serious of, well, skin pricks on the back or arm. Has anyone done this? Did it leave a scar of any kind?

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Offline Greg  
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I have had this type of allergy testing. No need to worry, it doesn't scar. The skin pricks are very shallow and heal quickly. I would add though that not all allergists agree that the skin prick method of testing is the most accurate one.
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I agree with all that Greg says. You will be fine - they are very shallow skin punctures and if you react it ends up like a mosquito bite for a few hours.
Offline Larazelle  
#4 Posted : Wednesday, September 6, 2017 9:09:31 AM(UTC)
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I have had this type of allergy testing. No need to worry, it doesn't scar. The skin pricks are very shallow and heal quickly. I would add though that not all allergists agree that the skin prick method of testing is the most accurate one.


I've had this done and then taken allergy shots for 3+ years - they helped some but did not totally clear my allergies...

What are the other more accurate ways of testing allergies?
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I know sterlingrose had allergy testing but the allergist couldn't find an area hair-free, due to her overzealous use of testosterone.

They ended up using the bottom of her foot.
Offline UrbanEast  
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Thanks Greg and MikeD. That helps.

Greg, what is considered more accurate than a skin prick besides an IgE panel?
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Thanks Greg and MikeD. That helps.

Greg, what is considered more accurate than a skin prick besides an IgE panel?


Some allergists feel that Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay testing, and Immunoblot testing, are more precise. Also, for distinguishing between "allergy" versus "intolerance," some trace a sub-class of IgG antibodies, called IgG4. If your allergist is forward thinking, it's possible that he or she could be referring to these very testing techniques under the more patient-friendly term of "IgE panel"....possible, but I think unlikely. Good luck! Allergies suck! I have them too.
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#8 Posted : Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:28:14 PM(UTC)
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The skin prick test was fine. But I just had the 48 hour patch test. Only 1-2 of the potential allergens left any real redness, but the adhesive tape left strips of red. (The PA was all, "Oh my, you have such sensitive skin!") How do I avoid postinflammatory hyperpigmentation from the adhesive? If I had been given a warning about this, I never would have done this.

Greg, thanks for the info. Nah, he wasn't referring to anything outside the usual IgE. I'll ask him the next time I see him.

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