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Allergic Reactions Preparing for Your Appointment

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When seeking treatment for your allergic reactions, you may first visit your doctor who will evaluate your condition and may refer you to an allergist especially if your allergies become worse or continue even after taking antihistamines bought over-the-counter.

As with typical visits to your doctor, you can prepare well for your appointment by doing a few things.  In fact, prior to your appointment your allergist may even require you to prepare and perform some important things for your appointment date.

The allergist may require you to stop taking antihistamines certain days prior to your appointment if you are using allergy drugs. This is important because some allergy tests will measure your body’s reaction to various allergens you’ll be exposed to and if antihistamines are in your body the test results will become inaccurate affecting the choices of your treatment.

It is advisable to wear a shirt with short sleeves on your appointment day so that it may be easier to perform the skin prick test or to draw blood in you.

You may also need to record the seriousness of your allergic reactions as well as when those reactions occur. This can help the allergist know what allergens can be possible causes of your reactions.  You can record the foods you eat and their ingredients, if possible, especially if you experience reactions within an hour of eating a meal.

During appointment time you may be required to fill out forms inquiring about the allergic reactions you’ve experienced as well as inquiries about your medical history. You can give a copy of a record of your allergy reactions to the allergist so that he can review them before tests are done.

It is good to bring along a friend, partner or a family member who can take notes while you and your doctor talk about your condition. You need to ask all questions you need answers to with your allergist regardless of how silly you may think they sound.  To facilitate or maximize your appointment time, you can write these questions beforehand, bring them to the appointment and ask them in order not to forget these questions during the appointment.

Some of the relevant questions you can ask your allergist can include:

  • What medical problem(s) is/are causing the symptoms and signs I am experiencing?
  • Do I need to undergo allergy tests?
  • What is the best treatment for both my health complaint and my other existing conditions?
  • What do I need to change or do at home to address my condition?
  • What restrictions do I need follow?
  • What are the signs/symptoms that I might experience that should need to be reported immediately to you?
  • What are the signs/symptoms my family or friends should know that should make them bring me to the hospital ASAP?
  • Can you prescribe me generic drugs instead of brand names for my condition?

As mentioned a while ago, if you have questions outside of this list, you need to ask all of them during your appointment.

What to expect from your doctor

In order to properly evaluate, diagnose and treat your condition, your allergist will need to ask you a series of questions. Prepare to answer all of them as truthfully and honestly as possible so that you get the correct and best treatment. Some of the questions may be like these:

  • What symptoms have you experienced?
  • When have these symptoms started?
  • Have you had a recent respiratory problem like a cold?
  • What times of the day do your symptoms get worse?
  • What things worsen your symptoms? What things make them better?
  • What area of your home does your symptoms act up or worsen?
  • If you have pets, do they go into your bed or sleeping area?
  • Do you have dampness/too much moisture in your home or workplace?
  • Do you have a family history of asthma or allergies?
  • Are you regularly exposed to airborne pollution like tobacco smoke? Do you smoke?
  • Have you tried drugs and other treatments for your condition? Were they effective?
  • What other illnesses do you have?
  • What drugs, steroids, supplements or herbs are you presently using?

You can also request for reading materials, brochures and pamphlets from your allergist as well as ask him for websites that offer a lot of information regarding your condition.

 

DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214
http://www.miamiacupunctureclinic.com/

Written by Valerie

November 17th, 2013 at 2:11 am

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