Thankfully the appointment was at 7:30 a.m. I missed work to take him. My rationale was that Hubby
The first thing the nurse did was to have him lay on his belly with his shirt off and stick him in the back 11 times (!) with different allergens (ragweed, pollen, mold, dust mites, etc.) and then we had to wait 15 minutes to see how he reacted. He kind of flinched when she was poking him, but it wasn't that bad. She said he would start to itch and that certainly was true.
After 15 minutes, it was obvious which pokes he had a reaction to. These turned into angry raised welts surrounded by bright redness. The 4 that were the worst were (not shockingly) ragweed, tree pollen, grass pollen and weed pollen.
Next, the nurse poked him about 6 times in his upper left arm. They injected him with the 4 that he had a reaction to, plus animal dander and dust. These injections were pretty bad. She had to get the needle in there just so in order to make a bubble. Unfortunately, Eldest has pretty tough skin, so she was
Eldest has seasonal allergies.
Our course of action?
Immunotherapy. In other words, allergy shots. Unfortunately, it takes 6 months for them to take effect (who knew??). So even if we started him now, he wouldn't even be covered for this fall allergy season. So we will start the allergy injections in September, which will cover him for next spring.
In the meantime?
A new prescription. For Singulair. This is the only one we haven't yet tried (since we've already exhausted the Benedryl, Claritin, Zyrtec and Allegra. Not all at once, of course....Hi! Have you met my son Zombie?)
Oh, and also new prescriptions for Nasonex and Patanol.
I'm relieved. We have an official diagnosis and a solution. (And I'm keeping my fingers crossed that perhaps the Singulair will be miraculous and he won't actually need to start the allergy injections in September.) But I'm kicking myself that we waited until he was 6-1/2 years old to take him. Looking back, I wish we had done it YEARS earlier. But we kept holding out hope that SOMETHING would work. If either of the other 2 boyz start showing symptoms, my ass will certainly be at that specialist's office PRONTO.
Anyway, I think Eldest is going to look sooooo cute with his nasal spray and eye drops tucked oh so carefully in his pocket protector. When we let him out of his BUBBLE, that is.