This is what it looks like when you have to be tested for allergies.This little guy doesn't look too bad.
They can also test on your arms
See all those red welts? That person is REALLY allergic to certain things (dogs, cats, horses, trees, flowers, etc.)
Daughter Kitty has had this done 4 times, yes - you read that right. 4 times over the years :(
Kitty also had to have allergy shots for over 5 years. AND THEY DIDN'T WORK!!!!! This is not for the faint of heart - you start out going to the doctor's office twice a week and gets a shot in each arm.(And you have to wait for 20 minutes so you don't have an allergic reaction) Then you get shots once a week, then a couple of times a month until you reach "maintenance" - where your allergies are finally stable and you can slowly taper off the shots.
Well, that didn't happen for Kitty. We are back to the beginning. After 5 year's worth of shots, she is still struggling. That girl can sneeze 30 times in a row - easy! Then that makes her asthma flare up.
So, Asthma Doc retested Kitty (again.....) and sure enough - there were welts all over her back because she was allergic to so many different things. Sigh. (Do you mean to tell me that those 5 years were a complete waste of time??????)
This time, we may try Sublingual immunotherapy (drops under the tongue). The problem with regular allergy shots is that Kitty has HUGE lumps on each arm where she gets allergy shots (think lumps the size of half a hard boiled egg that is red and hot to the touch. The lump lasts for several hours while she holds cold packs on her arm.) Try holding a cold pack on your arm while you are trying to do homework.
This is just crazy! I haven't heard of anyone else that allergy shots didn't help.
I have friends that have repeated allergy shots later in life - but not right after they finished their 5 year's of allergy shots.
Sigh. Just don't even know what to think right now.......