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Lateral Flow Tests, first hand experience!


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I'll try and keep this brief.

 

My wife is a care worker and is subjected to several Lateral Flow tests per week. After testing she has a burning sensation in her throat which lasts for almost 24 hrs, she has also noticed hot flushes and hair loss since the escalation in testing.

 

When on leave from work these symptoms disappear totally after a few days. Three weeks ago she found a large swelling/lump in her neck, the GP saw her immediately and ran blood tests for thyroid function and a full blood count etc. The bloods came back as normal on everything so she was put on an emergency referral to an ENT consultant.

 

The appointment came through quickly and two days ago she saw the consultant. He felt the lump, examined her throat with a camera and said he thought it was nothing to worry about but she could be referred for an Ultra Sound scan just to double check, which she accepted.

 

This is the interesting part. My wife asked the consultant if the lump and the symptoms could be connected to the constant use of Lateral Flow testing, could her lymph nodes be swollen in response to the swabs and their chemical contents? The consultant blatantly ignored the question and bid farewell. Unfortunately for him the nurse, who was stood behind him, began nodding her head up and down in agreement with my wife and mouthing "yes, yes".

 

So we await the scan appointment with interest 🤨

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How awful, your poor wife. I feel so sorry for her being forced to have those horrid swabs several times a week. It's just dreadful! I hope she will be ok and also refuse any more of them.

 

There is no way I would ever have one; as I gag so easily having an extremely small mouth ( dentists have real trouble examining the inside of my mouth) and emetophobia. 

 

Same goes for my nose as I have rhinitus and get sore inside my nose.

 

I hope these stupid nasty tests will be phased out soon!

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20 hours ago, MoonPhase said:

I'll try and keep this brief.

 

My wife is a care worker and is subjected to several Lateral Flow tests per week. After testing she has a burning sensation in her throat which lasts for almost 24 hrs, she has also noticed hot flushes and hair loss since the escalation in testing.

 

When on leave from work these symptoms disappear totally after a few days. Three weeks ago she found a large swelling/lump in her neck, the GP saw her immediately and ran blood tests for thyroid function and a full blood count etc. The bloods came back as normal on everything so she was put on an emergency referral to an ENT consultant.

 

The appointment came through quickly and two days ago she saw the consultant. He felt the lump, examined her throat with a camera and said he thought it was nothing to worry about but she could be referred for an Ultra Sound scan just to double check, which she accepted.

 

This is the interesting part. My wife asked the consultant if the lump and the symptoms could be connected to the constant use of Lateral Flow testing, could her lymph nodes be swollen in response to the swabs and their chemical contents? The consultant blatantly ignored the question and bid farewell. Unfortunately for him the nurse, who was stood behind him, began nodding her head up and down in agreement with my wife and mouthing "yes, yes".

 

So we await the scan appointment with interest 🤨

 

I'm sorry your wife has had to deal with this. Workers should be able to do their job without fear of illness or injury. It's especially egregious when unsafe practices are forced on them by their employer.

 

I live an area with an alleged increase in the new Indian 'variant'. A few days ago I received a letter addressed to 'the householder' asking me to go get a lateral flow test.

Today I received a lateral flow test kit in the mail completely unsolicited. Made in China btw.

 

Thanks for your post. I was not going to get tested or use this self-test kit but your post made me extra cautious. I didn't open it and I immediately binned the damn thing in a plastic bag just to be safe.

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