DALEJR_FAN_TINA Definitely go get it done. I wish I had earlier. Turns out, I'm allergic to a chemical used to form rubber, nitrile, neoprene, fungicides, pesticides and Spandex as well as Bacitracin (in most antibiotic ointments) and a chemical in topical steroid & cortisone creams. So when I started working out a lot, sweating in shoes with rubber inserts while holding weights/stroller handles lined with neoprene, running through the countryside that gets regularly sprayed with pesticides, my eczema flared up like crazy. I was also using nitrile gloves when doing dishes and cleaning, several hours a week to spare myself the contact with the soap once the eczema broke out. And then I was treated with various steroid/cortisone creams to treat the inflammation and putting Neosporin on the open wounds, which just escalated things. Get tested. You may be surprised at what you can be allergic to. When I was in high school, the doc thought I was allergic to my own sweat since I always broke out when I worked out, but it turns out, I'm just allergic to things I typically touch when I work out.
It is an interesting set of tests. My allergist did it all doen the back of my arm with 40 samples. It didn't hurt and was nothing more and some pinpricks for each sample to see which things to which I am allergic. There ended up being about 34 items out of the 40 that I reacted to, but it was what I expected.
It really isn't a big deal. If you react very quickly they put a lotion called Sarna on you to stop the itch!
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10/22/12 11:37 P
I did and it said I was allergic to bunnies but I had one growing up with no problems!
10/21/12 10:07 P
When I had allergy testing, it was by scratches with tiny needles.
Here's a link to an allergy team - 600,000+ members who might know about patch testing.
I got the patches put on Monday morning (have been dealing with some pretty bad eczema for months) and they were itchy as &*(&)&^&*#@, so I really looked forward to getting them taken off this morning. But is this all for nothing? Itchy as it STILL is, my back looks pretty clear to me. Has anyone else had this done? Can you share your thoughts?
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