I’ve been quite healthy for a while now, and have some money stocked up in my HSA (health savings account) and have been considering getting allergy testing done.
I’ve never been diagnosed with “allergies” but it’s pretty evident that I have issues with the outdoors, and they seem to be getting worse. This year I started experiencing dry/itchy eyes which is something I’ve never had before. Also, lately in this very dry weather we’ve been having, most days I feel like crap (tired, itchy eyes, stuffed up nose with no discharge, etc.) The time I feel the best is when I am inside, in my home with the new Clean Air Filter and air conditioning.
Cost aside, would it be worth it for me to get an allergy test so I know what I am allergic to and so I could possibly get prescriptions and/or advice on what OTC stuff to take and when? I have a friend who says she takes Claratin D daily and it helps her a lot, but I would sort of like to know if this would be beneficial to me, by way of allergy test. Plus there are so many allergy medications out there, I have absolutely no clue what would be the best for me.
Can anyone share their experience with allergy tests and what it told them? Has it improved your life knowing what your body is sensitive to? What is the procedure nowadays anyway? (I am familiar with pin-prick tests…also not afraid of needles).
One other thing - would I go to my GP to have this done, or is there some sort of specialist?