Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Metrowest Massachusetts
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The thing is that they can only test for common things, not everything. When I lived in New England, I was tested for stuff in New England. I moved to Texas and was tested again. I found out I am very allergic to mesquite. Who knew? There isn't mesquite in Massachusetts.
For giggles, here are all the things I am allergic to: dust mites, molds (all the kinds), pollens from trees, ragweed, grass, dogs, cats, rabbits, cockroaches, mesquite...... and it goes on. And I have a hypersensitive nose. So strong odors set me off.
I did the shots for 5 years. It is plenty much just seasonal now but a strong scent will trigger a migraine. Oh joy.
If they identify a certain plant you are allergic, look up the rest of the plant's relatives. Ragweed is cousins with sage, burweed marsh elder and rabbit brush, mugworts, groundsel bush and eupatorium. Cantaloupe and chamomile tea can aggravate the allergy.
My doc told me to avoid echinacea which everyone takes for colds. He said that it would give me cold symptoms. It is very close to acting the same way as ragweed. When I told the hubby this, he was shocked. He had been taking those Airborne tablets to insure that he wouldn't get colds while traveling. He is more allergic to ragweed than I am. His constant sniffles stopped when he stopped taking it.