I think it's time for me to bite the bullet and get tested differently for my allergies: my results just don't seem to mesh with my symptoms.
I've had TONS of RAST tests, and the only one that was positive was for egg white. Yet I have had BAD shortness of breath immediately after eating bleu cheese and almonds (the eggs acted the same way), and RASTS have come back negative twice for those.
The only other kind of testing I've had was intradermal (where they actually inject your bicep using a hypodermic needle), and that was all for pollen and other air-borne allergies. Those came back with just a few positives - ragweed, cat pelt, dust - and then dozens of "just a little response at the highest concentration." My ENT allergist conducted those, but every immunology-allergist I've spoken to (at least 4) thinks that skin prick tests are more trustworthy. That said, the new immunology-allergist I'm seeing didn't want to do prick testing because of my history. Yet the RASTs he ordered don't help me know what's really a danger and what might be challenged and restored to my diet to make me a little healthier. It's not so much a matter of missing certain favorite foods -- I don't truly care what foods I have to omit -- but the anxiety of having to ALWAYS be on guard because I don't know what might cause a reaction has totally worn me down.
So here's my question: What kind of testing have you had for your allergies, and were the results reliable, based on what you know from your symptoms?
Post Edited (percycat) : 10/27/2010 12:22:26 PM (GMT-6)