First time poster here. I just received my IgE results and was shocked at the number of things I'm allergic to. I'm 48, live in Hong Kong with asthma. Prior to HK, I was in California and asthma was not nearly as bad, mostly just an issue in the winter months. On arriving in HK, I did the skin prick test which came back with a positive allergy for dust mites and I've been at war with them since. Now, I went further with the IgE test (to check if I had any unknown food allergies) and it came back positive for many items (these are all class II or above) including: cat, dog, dust mites, mould, grass, tree, weed, shrimp, crab, lobster, rice, potato, soybean, peanut, tomato, orange, eggs, nut mix, fruits mix. I'm planning on seeing an allergy & immunology specialist but also curious from others on the following:
I read in another thread about common false positive results for IgE tests, has anyone experienced this?
Only class III or above (cat, shrimp, crab, lobster, dust mites) trigger my asthma, if I don't have a physical reaction to a food I'm allergic to, is it still worth avoiding?
The number of foods I'm allergic to is very overwhelming, have others experienced this in their 40s and had any success with adjusting eating habits?
Has anyone used the home dust mite testing kits (I found one on amazon)? I've been doing all of the regular advice (hepa filters, washing sheets weekly, pillow covers, mattress cover, trying to keep humidity low) and I'd like to try and quantify how bad my home mite issue really is.
Apologies for the length post, I guess I'm just a bit overwhelmed.