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Hypnic Jerk

DD12 gets eczema, it's gotten worse over the last 2 years and we've seen at least 3 doctors and a ton of different prescriptions and treatments.

Tell me about allergen testing.  I'm not thinking of desensitisation, but just finding out exactly what triggers her.

Legit stuff, no woo.

And yes, I will get her to my GP.

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PrincessPeach

Done through an allergist, it’s legit. For myself it didn’t tell me anything more than I already had figured out, but it was good to be certain.

Also means we can select plants for our garden that I don’t react to & picked a grass that I didn’t really react to.

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annodam

Sorry, but desensitisation is the only thing that is working with DD, she's 17mo into her 3yr treatment, has worked perfectly so far!

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tinselfoil hat

I’ve had skin prick testing and recently took DD who is 4. It doesn’t really hurt but is itchy. It’s not as bad as it sounds, DD wasn’t distressed at all and didn’t cry. 

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Hypnic Jerk

I'm sure DD is allergic to our guinea pig or their bedding, I want to know if she's also allergic to cats and dogs.

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amdirel

Ask GP for a referral to an allergist. They'll be able to test her to determine her allergies and prescribe a treatment plan.

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22Fruitmincepies

To begin with, if she will be able to have blood taken, a RAST test can tell you which allergens she has antibodies to. You could also test for dust mites and some pollens. That can be done through a GP. She could then be referred to a specialist for further testing and treatment options. 

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*bucket*

Some allergen testing can be done by blood test. DS2 had to have a blood test for something else and due to asthma and hayfever issues, the paediatrician added in allergy tests. Hugely positive for grasses and dust mites. Trees and cats okay. Blood test might only cover environmental allergens, not foods?? Or it might be we only tested environmental stuff. It was a while ago and I can't remember exactly. DS1 had both blood and skin scratch tests, but he had anaphylaxis and was tested many times and it was all overseen by an allergist.

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22Fruitmincepies

It can cover foods - DD had it done (had skin prick tests previously). It is helpful as it can point the allergy specialist in the right direction - grasses, tree pollen, dust mites etc. 

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