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Severe Allergic Reactions 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.
  • What substances trigger your severe allergic reactions? When was your last severe episode?
  • Do you always carry your epinephrine autoinjector? Where do you keep it?
  • Who else knows where you keep your autoinjector and how to use it? Do they also know CPR?
  • What kind of medical alert, such as a bracelet or keychain, are you using?
  • Have you noticed any new triggers or unusual symptoms?
  • Describe your symptoms. Do you experience itching, hives, difficulty swallowing, swelling in the face, wheezing, breathing problems, or vomiting?
  • How long did your symptoms last?
  • Did you use anything or any medicine to treat the symptoms? Did it help?
  • Where were you and what were you doing when the reaction occurred?
  • What foods or medicines did you take within six hours of the reaction?
  • Did you have an insect sting or bite before the reaction?
  • Is your epinephrine autoinjector in date or has it expired?
  • What allergy tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • How often have you had to use your autoinjector since our last visit? What other allergy medicines do you take, and how often?
  • What are the symptoms of anaphylaxis? Do any of mine match these symptoms?
  • Can you tell who will have anaphylaxis before it occurs?
  • Does having an allergy put me at risk for anaphylaxis?
  • What other factors increase the risk of anaphylaxis?
  • Could any of my other medical conditions or medicines make anaphylaxis more difficult to recognize?
  • What should my emergency plan be? Who should have a copy of my plan?
  • What should be in my emergency kit?
  • If I use my epinephrine autoinjector, do I still need to go to the emergency room?
  • What kind of medical alert, such as a bracelet, should I have? How do I get one?
  • Does having one episode of anaphylaxis mean I will have another one?
  • How can I help prevent anaphylaxis in the future?
  • Can we review how to properly use my epinephrine autoinjector?
  • What other medications can I take in addition to epinephrine?
  • Are my new symptoms related to my severe allergy?
  • Could allergy shots help me reduce my body's allergic response?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 20
  1. Anaphylaxis. American Academy of Family Physicians.
  2. Anaphylaxis. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research.
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