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Old 06-21-2012, 11:52 AM   #1
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Smile Interpreting allergy skin testing

I recently had a multi test II skin test
done. I scored anywhere from a 5 to a 9
on pollens, molds, grasses, dander, etc.
From what I can tell, the ID Wheal was
from 2 - 7. All the 9's, the allergy nurse
highlighted, which were ragweed, house dust,
and cat dander. 7's on a lot of other
stuff, including mokds. 5's on dogs, dust mites and grasses.
My question is am I allergic to my 3 dogs?
How do you interpret this test?
Thanks for responding!

 
Old 06-21-2012, 12:40 PM   #2
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Re: Interpreting allergy skin testing

If you have any reaction at all, then you are allergic to it. So, yes, you would be allergic to your dogs but not as allergic to the other things listed. The bigger the wheal the stronger the allergy.

 
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Old 06-21-2012, 01:24 PM   #3
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Re: Interpreting allergy skin testing

Scoring 5 on the dogs makes me concerned
because one dog does sleep in my bedroom
at night. I don't have the normal reaction
to allergies: sinus head pressure, off balance,
PND, ear fullness feeling,,,i.e. not runny,
Sneezy, nose type stuff. I am wondering
if I should have my dog sleep outside of
my bedroom at night? The allergy nurse
didnt seem as concerned about the dogs,
but said I should wipe them off when they
come inside from being in the backyard.
I am beginning to wonder?? If 7 was the
the positive control, then 5 is over halfway.
Maybe I need to be more proactive
with my dogs (of course, I would never
get rid of them). I am thinking for sure
allergy shots. What are your thoughts?
Does it sound like I am highly allergic
with these 7's and 9's??

 
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Re: Interpreting allergy skin testing

The last time I had allergy testing the levels were 1-4, with 4 being the worst alelrgic reaction. I was a 3 or 4 on all allergens for which i was tested...including a 4 on cats.
I happened to have a cat at the time - and I still have him! He's 17 now. Anyway, the doctor, looking at my scores and my information sheet, asked if the cat could stay out of the bedroom. I told him I had a 10 x 13 color portrait of the cat, made at a pet photography studio. He said it looked like the cat wasn't leaving the bedroom and we needed to figure out how to make that bearable! Needless to say, he's my favorite doc!
And yes, I went on the shots eventually because the meds stopped working (and we tried many combinations) and the cat ain't leaving - till he crosses over the rainbow bridge. He even sleeps in the bed with me - and he's long-haired...

 
Old 06-21-2012, 04:04 PM   #5
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Re: Interpreting allergy skin testing

Did the allergy shots work? And from what
I told you, do you consider my results
highly allergenic? I hear ya on your cat,,,
my dogs rule my house and they aren't
going anywhere!

 
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Re: Interpreting allergy skin testing

I remember most of my positives were bigger than the "positive control," but yes, you do appear to be allergic to dogs, and it probably would help if you slept in a low-allergen bedroom.

But there are other options. According to testing, my worst allergy is grass pollen, which is unavoidable 4 months out of the year! Shots have made a big difference, and now I can enjoy outdoors again.

 
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Re: Interpreting allergy skin testing

Well, that was 16 years ago and the cat is still in the bed and I have no problems. So yes, the shots worked well for me. I'm one of those for whom it is not permanent though. I've done the 5 year regimen 3 times in my life and it seems they last maybe 15-20 years at a time. I highly recommend them.

 
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Re: Interpreting allergy skin testing

Thank you so much for all your info. I will
for sure do the allergy shots and can't wait
to get started.

 
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Re: Interpreting allergy skin testing

I feel your pain, I am allergic to my fur babies as well. (one dog and one cat)

I started allergy shots back in March and I'm hoping they help!

 
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Re: Interpreting allergy skin testing

I found out, that I am not allergic to my dogs.
A "5", is considered a non issue. Anything
7 or above is positive. You've been on allergy
shots since March? Can you tell anything at all?

 
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Re: Interpreting allergy skin testing

I found out, that I am not allergic to my dogs.
A "5", is considered a non issue. Anything
7 or above is positive. You've been on allergy
shots since March? Can you tell anything at all?

 
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Re: Interpreting allergy skin testing

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Originally Posted by JaneSully View Post
I found out, that I am not allergic to my dogs.
A "5", is considered a non issue. Anything
7 or above is positive. You've been on allergy
shots since March? Can you tell anything at all?
It's too soon to tell for the allergy shots, you don't normally see results until 6 months- 1 year after starting. I'm only 3 months in.

 
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