975357 tn?1252704723

pollen/mold allergy testing question

I am 26 and want to look into immunotherapy because since about 19 I have had severe rhinitis/ sinus problems/itchy watery eyes and itching that has gotten worse every year. Now it begins around march and goes all through ragweed season in late September early October. When I was 19 I only had mild symptoms through the month of September. Problem is, I went to an allergist, and he tried to do the skin scratch test and stopped and told me my skin was dermatographic and that the test would generate false positives on everything. He did a east panel, but it was for mostly food allergies not pollen and outdoor allergens. So how do I go about finding out what I am allergic to in order to be able to get immunotherapy. Apparently, about 4% of people have this..just if anyone has this condition or has advice on how to proceed, I would appreciate it. Thanks!

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975357 tn?1252704723
Sorry I meant rast testing n also sorry in advice if I sound rather "noob" ish its because I never dealt with allergies as a kid they really only have been interfering with my quality of life for a short time now n I know nothing about the different tests n how it works n stuff :p
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

With Dermatographism, it may be difficult to detect what you are allergic to, hence your doctor would have tried ruling out food allergies. Scratching the skin will trigger reactions. Unfortunately, there is no cure for dermatographism. Treatment involves trying to limit exposure of the skin to the triggering factors. You can monitor to see what is triggering your reactions, dust, changes in weather etc. You can try avoiding the triggers and also you can try to refrain from scratching yourself.  Anti-histamine medications may be of some benefit.  If taken regularly, they can help to reduce the severity of the skin reaction. I suggest you discuss the treatment options with al allergist.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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