Friday, August 19, 2011
Yesterday morning was my appointment with the allergist. He is very nice & very thorough.
First, they poked me all over my back & arms to see what I'm allergic to. The answer: pretty much everything, but especially grasses, trees, mold & dust mites. One of the grasses on my arm swelled so much that I can barely move my shoulder joint.. it is about the size of a baseball.
Next, they did a breathing test. I breathe in okay, it is breathing out that gives me the problem.
Next, he numbed the inside of my nose with a spray & proceeded to stick a scope up my nose. I have a deviated septum which is part of the reason I have a hard time breathing out of my left nostril. No polyps or anything... a lot of swelling/inflammation caused by allergies.
Last test on the menu was a chest x-ray. I won't get the results from that until my next appointment in 2 weeks unless there is an issue. Dr wanted to make sure that my lungs are clear after having walking pneumonia TWICE in 2010.
Dr took me off of the over-the-counter Claritin & is keeping me on the pro-air inhaler to use before exercise & as needed. My new meds are: 1) Singulair- 1/day 2) Alvesco inhaler 2/day 3) Omnaris nasal spray 2/day & 4) Bepreve eye drops 2/day. I also have to start allergy shots again.
I go back in 2 weeks to get tested for food allergies & to do another breathing test to see if these new meds are improving my lung function. The goals: 1) to be able to run with my husband & 2) to get rid of the circles under my eyes.