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Old 11-06-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Unhappy Allergy doctor HELLO?

Ok,
So I sneeze a LOT, and I have a runny nose most of the time.
I had a terrible sinus/cold/congestion and went to the allergist, figuring, I'm 53, it's about time I had the allergy testing done.

So, he does the skin ***** tests, and the intradermal tests, and it was all NEGATIVE! HOW is that possible?

He poo pooed food allergies, saying that if I were allergic to any foods, I would know it by now. And if I was allergic to any food, I would have an immediate reaction of swelling, throat closing, hives, etc.

Well, he did clear up my congestion (2 weeks ago), but I am still having sneezing fits, some coughing, scratchy throat, and drainage.

Could it possibly be food allergies? How will I ever be able to know? Is the doctor right about the symptoms?

Thanks so much for your help!
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Re: Allergy doctor HELLO?

It could be food allergies. But it could be lingering effects of the cold...or it could be non allergic rhinitis. Have you taken anything for the cold - dayquil, alka seltzer plus for colds, etc?

 
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Old 11-06-2012, 06:42 PM   #3
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Re: Allergy doctor HELLO?

No, I don't usually take anything unless it's really severe. These symptoms of sneezing and runny nose are year round......

Thank you for your reply.

 
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Re: Allergy doctor HELLO?

Could still be non allergic rhinitis. Do you use a sinus rinse like NeilMed, a neti pot, etc?

 
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Re: Allergy doctor HELLO?

I have never used a neti pot. I have been sneezing and coughing all day. I just don't know what to do. I am considering an elimination diet. Any opinions on this?

 
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Re: Allergy doctor HELLO?

Why not just get tested for food allergies? It could be those. Though I would try the usual remedies as well...neti pot, antihistamines, etc. They can help with food allergies. My cousin is allergic to corn and it manifests itself just like pollen or grass, etc.

 
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Re: Allergy doctor HELLO?

I am worried about costs. My insurance covered the environmental tests, but I will have to check and see. I've heard that the food allergy testing is not as accurate? Do you know if that's true?
Thank you for your replies

 
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Re: Allergy doctor HELLO?

Food testing is typically done by blood test as it is the better determination for them. Whether it is worth the cost is a decision you would have to make.

 
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Re: Allergy doctor HELLO?

I have both the allergic rhinitis and non allergic and, yes, the pot or rinsing of any sort helps me.

 
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