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A few weeks ago I booked in for an allergy test - the one where they tape lots of potentially allergenic substances to your skin to see if it reacts.

I should have done it last week, but had to postpone when I unexpectedly spent last Monday in an ice storm in Munich airport and needed the rest of the week to catch up.

So I went to the dermatologist this morning, and she merrily stuck squares soaked in various substances to me, covering it all over with a huge bandage. She will check them on Wednesday and make a final assessment on Friday.

And I can't have a shower until Friday. I think it is decades since I went as long as four days without a shower. (Obviously I can wash by other means, but Thursday evening's posh reception will be interesting.)

And the worst of it, as I am now realising, is that the bandage is really itchy; it is deliberately placed in the most inaccessible part of my back, and in any case, if I actually am allergic to any of these things, of course it's going to bloody itch - until Friday, for the next four days!

I just hope I actually am allergic to something or other, to make the whole exercise worthwhile.


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Jan. 28th, 2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
That's really odd. Here what they do is get a big array of needles that JUST scratch your skin, wait about 20 minutes, and take a look. That's how all my allergies and those in my family were diagnosed. No big many-day wait.
Jan. 29th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Ditto to seawasp. About 20-30 minutes to find out what you are allergic to and then you get to frantically wash it all off and hopefully spend only the remainder of the day trying not to scratch too much.
Jan. 29th, 2013 09:38 am (UTC)
Yes. Or in my case, 20-30 minutes to find out what you are allergic to, then an hour or so while they say "Gosh, we've never seen anyone react so strongly to so many things. Would you mind if we take a picture for the medical textbooks?" and then you trudge over to the other end of the hospital for the medical photography department and then back again before they let you wash it all off and put cream on it.
Jan. 29th, 2013 10:37 am (UTC)
I just hope I actually am allergic to something or other

While I get where you're coming from, I'd just like to say really, no, you don't.
Jan. 29th, 2013 10:41 am (UTC)
When I had an allergy test I turned out to be allergic to the adhesive they use on those red fabric plasters. Worst itch ever.

Hope you get something out of the discomfort, and sympathy over the shower thing. I can't remember the last itme I went 4 days without one too.
Jan. 29th, 2013 11:04 am (UTC)
Old lab colleague of mine is similarly allergic. It was a real pain whenever she had to wear a plaster.
Jan. 29th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
I am too. I discovered this by taking far too long to work out that the redness and heat round the wound wasn't, in fact, an infection, but a fairly massive allergic reaction. It wasn't pretty....
Jan. 29th, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
I had that done over about the only bit of actual summer we had last year. It was utterly infuriating, especially as at the end of it all, they declared I just have really sensitive skin and no actual allergies! I hope Friday comes swiftly for you and with a minimum of irritation :)
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