I had a hospital appointment today with a view to have some scratch/patch testing to try and figure out what I'm reacting to, but was told that I couldn't have it done because I would have to stop my allergy meds and some of my asthma meds and they thought it was too risky.I just couldn't help but appreciate the irony! In the end I had a blood sample taken for RAST testing (testing for dog, cat, dust mite and a bunch of pollen allergies) so we'll just have to wait and see what that throws up.
The consultant also confirmed that my skin problems are definately atopic eczema but not before gently running a biro in its ""off"" position over my skin to see if it would go red, which it did. She drew a noughts and crosses board on my arm using my immune response! Anyway I now have a prescription for some very potent anti-inflammatory creams, but still no advances on the asthma control front.
Speaking about asthma control, after finishing my second pred course in a month, I'm back to being unable shower without having some kind of attack, fortunately most are mild and respond to ventolin reasonably well...eventually, but it's so draining and my chest is so painful from all the coughing. After starting a low sulphite diet, I have discovered that I'm now reacting to certain food colourings as well, after looking them up I found out that they have a known ""histamine freeing effect"" and that they are salicylates; now I'm worried about taking pain relief as normally I'd use an NSAID such as ibuprofen or diclofenac (which I have on repeat) but don't think I should now incase I'm allergic to salicylates and therefore aspirin and NSAIDs. Paracetamol doesn't even take the edge off so that's pretty useless.
Last time I saw a GP (it was one of the rare cases when it wasn't my own) I was told that adding a as my peak flows/lung function are very good theophylline won't help me because it's a bronchodilator and my airways don't need opening up any more but my problem is the underlying inflammation. Since then I've found a few studies some in asthma and others in COPD that conclude theophylline does have an effect on airway inflammation, but the studies were small and I can't find any follow up studies.
Has anyone else been refused theophylline for this reason? Is it worth talking this through with my own GP and seeing what she says or should I just accept no for an answer? Also has anyone else been told that scratch testing is unsuitable for them?
Wow that post was much longer than I thought it would be, it was intended to be a quick one too! ....also a bit moanier than I'd hoped. Sorry! I'll have to post a joke later to balance it out! =P