"Long waiting time for allergy test"
About: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary / Dermatology (Skin Conditions) Aberdeen Royal Infirmary Dermatology (Skin Conditions) AB25 2ZN
Posted by Fed Up Waiting (as ),
After developing sore swollen eyelids and hands in early 2013 I went to the Doctors to find out what was wrong. I was given countless creams to try as they advised it was a type or eczema/dermatitis. Aveeno, E45, Aqueous creams, body wash etc was prescribed and nothing really works.
After a time the rashes, itchiness, sores develop again and I just want to find the allergen that is causing the problem. Soon the symptoms had spread to scalp, neck, feet and arms and was eventually referred to a Dermatologist. I was aware waiting times may be lengthy but almost 3 years later I find myself still using steroid creams. All I wanted in 2013 was an allergy test, countless times I was told to try something else and after seeing a Dermatologist for a second time I was finally granted a test. Assuming by the way the Dermatologist spoke, I thought this would be a matter of weeks yet today, 8 months later I am told that there is a 1 year waiting list.
How is length of wait appropriate?
By no means is this debilitating; I still work and lead a fairly normal life however I do carry around countless creams, have to cover my arms, wear cotton gloves at night, avoid eye makeup and cannot wear my hair up (which in turn doesn't help the neck rash) I feel that this is an inordinate time to wait for a test which was required in 2013.
Although now I have private medical through my work as this was a pre-existing condition I cannot utilize this perk.