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Seasonal Allergies Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • How often have you had allergy symptoms in the last month?
  • Are you currently using your allergy medicine?
  • Do you use it continually (every day) or only when you have symptoms?
  • Do you feel like your allergy medicine relieves your symptoms? Does it also seem to reduce the number of days with symptoms?
  • Have you had allergy testing to correctly identify your allergens? What changes have you made to reduce exposure to your allergens?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you experience runny nose, nasal congestion, postnasal drip, sneezing, cough, or itchy, watery or red eyes?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
  • Are your symptoms constant or are they worse at certain times of the year?
  • What makes your symptoms better or worse?
  • Have you tried over-the-counter allergy medicines? How often do you take them, and how well do they work for you?
  • What other medical conditions do you have?
  • What side effects are you experiencing with your allergy medicine?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • What changes have you made to reduce your exposure to allergens like pollen, dust, and cigarette smoke?
  • What is the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose allergies? What are the best allergy testing options for me and what can I expect?
  • What should I do if my symptoms do not improve or get worse?
  • Do I need to see a specialist?
  • What allergens are most likely to trigger my seasonal allergies? How can I avoid them?
  • What lifestyle changes or changes around my home could help improve my symptoms?
  • What are the best seasonal allergy treatment options for me?
  • When should I use my allergy medicine? And how long should I use it—year round or only during allergy season?
  • How long should it take to see if the allergy medicine is working for me or not? What are the next steps if it doesn't work?
  • Do seasonal allergies get worse with time?
  • Are there other allergy treatments that would do a better job of controlling my symptoms?
  • Are my new symptoms an indication that my allergies are getting worse?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my case of seasonal allergies?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 10
  1. Hay Fever. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hay-fever/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20373045
  2. Seasonal Allergies. American College of Allery, Asthma, and Immunology. https://acaai.org/allergies/seasonal-allergies
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