Taking An Allergy Test

By: Danielle Morgan
By: Danielle Morgan

Allergies, sometimes it seems like they just don't go away even with medicine.

The common joke in eastern Kentucky is that allergy season lasts for 10 months out of the year. While it may sound funny, it can cause serious health problems for allergy sufferers.

WYMT's Danielle Morgan has been having allergy like symptoms and she went to the doctor to try an alternative treatment after having little to no luck with over-the-counter and prescription medications. She went through the dreaded allergy testing.

It started out as a regular doctor visit with some surprising information.

"You have like a crooked nasal bone a little bit," Dr. Maribel Chua told Danielle.

Dr. Chua says it's one of the reasons why many tend to keep a stuffy nose.

Next, she was tested for asthma.

No pain there, but as a surprise to her, she has moderate asthma, which explains some shortness of breath.

Finally, they brought out the needles to test for environmental and food allergies.

Then scratch after scratch, she was injected with pollens, dust mites, molds, foods and anything that she might be allergic to.

The reason why she has had itchy, watery eyes the past few months is because she's allergic to everything in the environment to some degree, but the big culprit is ragweed.

For the cure, Dr. Chua says Danielle will have to commit to allergy shots for three to five years.

Dr. chua says if you don't have an allergic reaction, symptoms may be caused by non-allergic rhinitis, where humidity, smoke or infections cause all the problems.


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