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.
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.