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I'm taking my 4 year-old son to be tested for allergies next week. He is constantly sniffling and sneezing and sometimes his eyes get watery. I hate to see him suffer like this. I know how he feels because I've had allergies since my early 20s. But I'm not as bad now that I'm older. Funny how that happens.
Anyone get their child tested?
What was it like and how did they do?

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We got Anabelle tested last spring.  I was SHOCKED when her tests all came back negative.  I've had both allergy and sinus issues since middle school.


For her, they did the skin prick test.  She hated it and cried. I honestly don't remember it hurting when I got it done, but I was also a lot older.

With allergies ruled out I am thinking she has sinus issues, so I'm making her an appt with an ENT (we saw an allergist instead in the spring).  Mine went hand in hand, but a lot of kids only have one or the other.

 

Let us know how it goes tomorrow.

Emily has had allergy testing twice, once around age 2 and once last year. Hers came back mostly negative too which is interesting because she had such severe asthma until last year as well. They did the skin pricks on her back so they had her sit there without a shirt on and labeled spots with numbers using a marker. Then, they did the pricks. She had to sit without a shirt and without touching her back for about 15-20 minutes and then they came back in and measured the reaction spots with a ruler. It is a bit uncomfortable and scary for the little ones. I would suggest a DVD player or something that can keep the attention away from the somewhat itchy back. Good luck!

 

Her runny nose issues, asthma flareups appear to have been due to an initial case of RSV she had as an infant that just left her more susceptible to every little cold. We are MUCH better now that she is 5

Ugh, mine got worse as I got older. I think G is just sensitive to pollen when seasons change, so I don't think I'll get her tested anytime soon. Are you taking Jack to Dr. Dishuck? He's good -- I like his staff, too. The pricks on the back hurt me a lot, and because I reacted to so much, it was ITCHY! (Tree pollen, grass pollen, dogs, cats, mold, and roaches) A portable DVD or game he can play lying on his stomach would be really helpful.

Mine are similar Vanessa - I don't remember all of them because I haven't been tested since high school, but it included mold, a handful of trees, pollen, dust, roaches, horses (weird, never around them), grass.


I can't remember the allergist Anabelle saw.  I can't remember his name, but it was right off McFarland, on Jack Warner I believe. 

 

Does anyone have experience with Tuscaloosa ENT? Or another ENT in town? That's our next route.


Vanessa said:

Ugh, mine got worse as I got older. I think G is just sensitive to pollen when seasons change, so I don't think I'll get her tested anytime soon. Are you taking Jack to Dr. Dishuck? He's good -- I like his staff, too. The pricks on the back hurt me a lot, and because I reacted to so much, it was ITCHY! (Tree pollen, grass pollen, dogs, cats, mold, and roaches) A portable DVD or game he can play lying on his stomach would be really helpful.
Sounds like Dishuck -- Allergy & Asthma of Tuscaloosa, I believe it's called. I hear good things about Tuscaloosa ENT.

Moozle said:

Mine are similar Vanessa - I don't remember all of them because I haven't been tested since high school, but it included mold, a handful of trees, pollen, dust, roaches, horses (weird, never around them), grass.


I can't remember the allergist Anabelle saw.  I can't remember his name, but it was right off McFarland, on Jack Warner I believe. 

 

Does anyone have experience with Tuscaloosa ENT? Or another ENT in town? That's our next route.


Vanessa said:

Ugh, mine got worse as I got older. I think G is just sensitive to pollen when seasons change, so I don't think I'll get her tested anytime soon. Are you taking Jack to Dr. Dishuck? He's good -- I like his staff, too. The pricks on the back hurt me a lot, and because I reacted to so much, it was ITCHY! (Tree pollen, grass pollen, dogs, cats, mold, and roaches) A portable DVD or game he can play lying on his stomach would be really helpful.

Good idea about the DVD player. Thanks.

We are going to our own pediatrician's office. Dr. Bennuri's wife is a pediatric allergist. So it's nice that we can go somewhere familiar.

I was tested in my early 20s and I have a random one for ya - corn! They told me I'm allergic to corn! lol

Meanwhile I've been eating corn my whole life and I'm fine. I still eat corn. Not a lot because I'm not a huge fan. But I like corn on the cob in the summer.

You probably eat more corn than you think. It's in everything that's sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, and it's what they feed cows, so it's even in milk. Yuck. ;) Good luck to Jack!

Kristi said:

Good idea about the DVD player. Thanks.

We are going to our own pediatrician's office. Dr. Bennuri's wife is a pediatric allergist. So it's nice that we can go somewhere familiar.

I was tested in my early 20s and I have a random one for ya - corn! They told me I'm allergic to corn! lol

Meanwhile I've been eating corn my whole life and I'm fine. I still eat corn. Not a lot because I'm not a huge fan. But I like corn on the cob in the summer.

Funny-corn was the one thing they said Emily had a sensitivity too! Just at the time her diet consisted of only food with some type of corn in it (cornmeal, corndogs, corn, etc.!) We didn't change her diet and it had no real effect.

 

As far as ENT goes, I like North River ENT and Dr. Benoit. He has been mine and Emily's and did my sinus surgery several years ago. Very thorough and not quick to rush into any thing major (surgeries,etc). He did Emily's tubes and is the only ENT in town that does not require the kids to wear earplugs in water (unless it is lake water). Her tubes stayed in 3 years and we haven't had a problem since!

Well Jack got tested today.

And WOW that was no fun. He was fine until it was time to get the test done and then he FREAKED. Oh I hate when they freak out at the doctor's! I was in tears myself. But we made it through.

He's allergic to dust mites, pollen and trees. And we have to put him on medicine. And buy some dust mite prevention stuff for his bed.

Poor kid! Did the prick or the itching drive him crazy? Or both...? What meds? Zyrtec and flonase? That's what I'm on for many of the same allergies.

Kristi said:

Well Jack got tested today.

And WOW that was no fun. He was fine until it was time to get the test done and then he FREAKED. Oh I hate when they freak out at the doctor's! I was in tears myself. But we made it through.

He's allergic to dust mites, pollen and trees. And we have to put him on medicine. And buy some dust mite prevention stuff for his bed.

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