An allergist is a doctor who has extensive training in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies. If you have a dangerous allergy, your primary doctor may recommend you an allergist so that you receive specialized care. Here is a guide for your allergist visit.
When to seek medical attention
Many people don’t think of allergies are something important. They often suffer allergic reactions for years, assuming that the diseases will go away on their own. Antihistamines and decongestants can help to control seasonal allergies. However, there are dangerous allergies that last a long time and can disrupt your life. In that case, treatments are in order.
If you or your child exhibit asthma symptoms, it is advisable to visit a doctor immediately. Asthma sometimes is considered as the effect of allergy causes. Asthma symptoms include violent coughing, wheezing, breathing difficulties, and a sense of tightness in your chest. It can be deadly if not treated, and allergies can aggravate these problems.
Keep a diary
To diagnose your condition, your allergist will need to know about:
- When usually experience allergic reactions.
- Your possible allergens.
- The situation in which the allergy occurs.
Therefore, you should try to keep track of all of the information related to your allergy so that your allergist can have a more accurate read. If your allergies relate to food, keep a journal by noting symptoms you get after what you eat.
During your visit
It is likely that your allergist will need your family history to determine any genetic predisposition. So, ask your family about this before going to your appointment. Your medical history is important as well. Remember to bring your own medical records with you. Your doctor will need to know what kinds of over-the-counter medications you have used for your allergy symptoms. It might be helpful to bring with you these medications for your allergist to review.
What to ask
If you have concerns about your condition, feel free to ask your allergist. Because the time frame for each appointment is limited, you should write down your questions at home to keep the visit focus. Necessary things to ask are:
- The changes you can make to your living environment to prevent allergy,
- The expectations of your treatment,
- The possible side-effects of the prescription,
- Tests to determine your allergens.
After the appointment, if you can think of anything that might be useful for your treatment or any other concern arises, you can call your doctor and ask for a follow-up appointment. In case, medications are prescribed, check-ups are compulsory.
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