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?
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.
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