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Allergies
Well, I've had an allergy test thingy.
The results are graded as '0-4', with 0 being no reaction, to 4 being severe reaction.
I got
1: Egg White

0-1: (e.g. mildly reactive)
Mollusc Mix
Mustard Seed
Peanut
Yeast.

So, maybe I'll be thinking about how to avoid those.
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mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: May 17th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Who did you have an allergy test with? And what does 1 actually mean?
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 17th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Company called 'yorktest', and it involves taking and sending a blood sample off.

They do a basic 'do you have a reaction' test, which is cheap. And a much more detailed 'and what of these hundred odd foods does it react to' that is not so cheap.

If the latter is within 21 days of the former, they can use the same sample.

Edited at 2008-05-17 05:04 pm (UTC)
mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: May 17th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'd be deeply sceptical of the result then, especially such a minor reaction.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 17th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
*shrug*. Egg white is one I've had flagged up before, and I do react to chicken for sure.
mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: May 17th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, yes, here

The ASA found that:
* YorkTest could not substantiate their claim to offer “clinically validated” testing.
* YorkTest could not substantiate their claims of clinical efficacy.
* The claims made in Yorktest adverts could lead to mistaken diagnoses.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 17th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Joy.

Looks like I've just been ripped off then :/
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 17th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
*shrug*. Although, the fact that egg white is one I was approximately aware of, would suggest it wasn't _total_ quackery. *shrug* we'll see I guess.
mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: May 17th, 2008 05:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clearly what you need is a good curry, and a pint of beer.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 17th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
With or without egg fried rice? :)
ammos From: ammos Date: May 17th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
ITs not very reliable and if you're thinking theres a probplem get refered for nhs allergy tests. Honestly I don't know where the data is now but they did a scientific test of all allergy ttests and york were better than some but I know not good, but give it a try skipping those things as its not going to majorly efeect your life.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 17th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
There's not a problem per-se, just some curiousity. Egg white at least is something I'd vaguely had mentioned before. Just some minor reactions that suggest 'reacting to food' but no idea of what food it actually was.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 17th, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
And actually, the fact that I noticed .. problems more on monday, may or may not have a link to the double fried egg in breakfast, that I tend to have ;p
velvet_nothing From: velvet_nothing Date: May 17th, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you really think you have allergies, I think they do quite decent testing on the NHS. My mum just had it done and I'm thinking of it, because I seem to be allergic to allsorts.
sobrique From: sobrique Date: May 17th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
They do. I've had a blood test for some various things I was having problems with - fatigue and losing weight being something that bothered me (falling asleep at work being generally a bad thing).

The doctor wasn't exactly helpful, in a 'well, have you tried not being quite so fat' kind of way.
ehrine From: ehrine Date: May 17th, 2008 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Allergies/Pages/Whichallergytest.aspx

Apparnetly most methods of testing for food allergies are crap at proving you [b]do[/b] have an allergy and only good for finding you don't. Certainly that is the case of blood testing.
mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: May 17th, 2008 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, a 55% false positive rate. So, on average, Ed, you're allergic to half those things.
cthulahoops From: cthulahoops Date: May 19th, 2008 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
55% of what, I wonder. Are they quoting P(Positive Result|No Alergy) or P(No Alergy|Positive Result). It must be the latter I guess, the former would be incredibly bad.
mister_jack From: mister_jack Date: May 19th, 2008 02:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's the latter.
fishrgreat From: fishrgreat Date: May 17th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm about to go ask the doctor about testing, since I seem to be having odd reactions to things. Got an appointment tomorrow. So I guess we'll see what their testing is like!
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