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To The Allergist
Categories: Allergies

I have always had skin problems… always. When I was a kid I had eczema like crazy. As an adult I still have it but it is nothing like it used to be. A few years ago I told JP that I only get really bad outbreaks when I go to Michigan. I know… it sounds crazy, right? It’s not and here is why. Pretty much everyone that I know in Michigan has a cat and/or dog. We had both growing up and my skin was miserable. I never put the connection together until a few years ago when I noticed that my body would go crazy around cats. Anytime I get around cats my skin starts to itch, my eyes get itchy and my throat swells up a little bit. I had to ask myself… am I allergic to cats? Could it be animals that cause my eczema problems?

The way to confirm this is by going to an allergist and I am so glad that I did. I made an appointment with a doctor that my friend recommended. At the appointment the doctor sat me down and asked a bunch of questions and then explained the process of how they test.

This is what my back looked like once they pricked my skin 64 times.

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The results came back pretty much how I expected them to. On a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being severe) I am a 4 for cats and a 2 for dogs. I am also allergic to various pollens, mountain cedar, mesquite, and certain types of mold. The mold that I am the most allergic to is found primarily on fresh fruits and vegetables (like the fuzzy stuff that grows on over ripe strawberries).

I was shocked when I saw the EOB from my health insurance company. The doctor’s office submitted an $850 bill to my health insurance. The good news is that insurance covered all but the $40 specialist co-pay.

1 Comment to “To The Allergist”

  1. Rich says:

    Thank you Rose. I am on a high deductible plan. That test would have cost me $850. Your results are probably close to what I am allergic to.

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