I've never been allergy tested, but I know that I have environmental allergies. I just don't know to what exactly. Ever since moving to San Antonio (aka the allergen cesspool), I've taken Zyrtec everyday and it works great for me. If I miss a couple days (which has happened just a few times), my allergies end up flaring so bad that I will end up with a severe sinus infection, ear infection, the works from all the build up! No fun! But as long as I take my Zyrtec like a good little girl, I'm no worse for the wear most days.
Belle, our oldest daughter, was tested for allergies a few years ago, and while I don't remember exactly what she was allergic to, I do remember that it was nothing significant. She had a few slight allergies, but nothing to write home about. She started taking Zyrtec daily as well, and has seemed to do great until just recently. I noticed that over the past several weeks her asthma has started to act up. Anytime she'd come in from playing outside or going to soccer practice, she'd be wheezing. She was taking breathing treatments everynight. So I knew it was time to get her in to see the allergist and see what we could do to better manage her asthma. She had to be off of all antihistamines for 3 days prior to the appointment so that they could do allergy testing. Wow, these past 3 days were miserable for Belle! Because she's been taking the Zyrtec for so long (and because I'm a good little Mommy, she's not missed a single day), we didn't realize her allergies had gotten so bad. Each day off the meds, she got progressively worse. By last night, her throat, eyes, ears, and nose were so itchy that she was writhing on the couch in pain and frustration. I was *this close* to calling off the test and giving the girl a Benadryl for goodness sake! Instead, I told her to go take a shower and call it an early night. That helped and we were able to get through the night and to the appointment this morning. She was anxious about the test, but was such a trooper. After seeing how miserable she was the past few days, I was expecting some reactions for sure. I was not expecting such severe reactions to literally EVERY SINGLE tree, grass, and weed that she was tested for. She tested either moderately allergic or highly allergic to EVERY tree, grass, and weed on the list. Plus, she's highly allergic to cats and moderately allergic to dogs.