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After three very serious allergic reactions and two ER visits I finally got my allergist appt. moved up to next week. I know I am allergic to wheat and chemicals (scents). My wheat reactions are delayed and my chemical ones are within seconds. With chemicals my throat swells and with wheat this hasn't happened but I do get other body system anaphylaxis (sp) reactions. With wheat I get an unbelievable sinus pain. Sinus tingling is usually my first sign. (I do intend to get this checked soon.)This pain is so bad that it has created a real fear in me. I am scared to death to be tested for wheat.

I suspect I may be allergic to something else as well.

I have been reading this board and online for info on testing and from what I can see I feel like it might be a waste of my time to be tested for anything.

I will go and see what happens.

Does anyone have advice or suggestions to prepare for the appointment?

The good news is my daughter will be moving in next week to help out and we are going completely gluten-free.

I have also been taking Ranitidine 150mg for nearly two months now and it has helped with the chemical reactions but not the wheat.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Good luck with the test! In our cases, no food allergies were found. I do have OAS and we do have intolerances.

There are two forms of testing. One is simply a blood test. The other is the prick test. It doesn't hurt these days like it did back when I had one some 30 years ago.

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Good luck with the test! In our cases, no food allergies were found. I do have OAS and we do have intolerances.

There are two forms of testing. One is simply a blood test. The other is the prick test. It doesn't hurt these days like it did back when I had one some 30 years ago.

What is OAS?

I am not afraid of the test hurting I am afraid of having a serious reaction and worse a delayed reaction. I'm such a baby these days. :(

My concern is what can they really do to help me. I feel like I am wasting his and my time. From what I read about the testing it doesn't seem to be all that good.

This board has the most helpful and informed people on it I feel like I know as much as the Allergist might. But, maybe I am missing something. If anyone has any suggestions as to things I should ask etc that would be helpful.

Thank you again.

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What is OAS?

I am not afraid of the test hurting I am afraid of having a serious reaction and worse a delayed reaction. I'm such a baby these days. :(

My concern is what can they really do to help me. I feel like I am wasting his and my time. From what I read about the testing it doesn't seem to be all that good.

This board has the most helpful and informed people on it I feel like I know as much as the Allergist might. But, maybe I am missing something. If anyone has any suggestions as to things I should ask etc that would be helpful.

Thank you again.

OAS is Oral Allergy Symptom. You shouldn't have a serious reaction from the testing. If it is the skin prick test you will get some swelling. It could be bad swelling if you are allergic. If there is swelling they will keep you there if they feel they need to until the swelling has gone down. They may give you Benadryl or put a cream on the area tested to help the swelling go down. If you are fearful of this kind of testing, then ask for the blood test. There is no reaction whatever for the blood test. They just take some blood out and test it in the lab.

That being said... If you truly have a delayed reaction then it might be an IgG allergy aka intolerance and not a real IgE allergy. An allergist usually will not test for this kind of thing and may not even believe in it.

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OAS is Oral Allergy Symptom. You shouldn't have a serious reaction from the testing. If it is the skin prick test you will get some swelling. It could be bad swelling if you are allergic. If there is swelling they will keep you there if they feel they need to until the swelling has gone down. They may give you Benadryl or put a cream on the area tested to help the swelling go down. If you are fearful of this kind of testing, then ask for the blood test. There is no reaction whatever for the blood test. They just take some blood out and test it in the lab.

That being said... If you truly have a delayed reaction then it might be an IgG allergy aka intolerance and not a real IgE allergy. An allergist usually will not test for this kind of thing and may not even believe in it.

Thank you for the info. We'll see what happens on Wednesday.

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