Preparing for Your Appointment
After you make an appointment for seasonal allergies diagnosis and treatment, there are some steps you can take to make your visit a smooth one.
- Write down a list of your allergy symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to outdoor allergens.
- Write down the times of year and times of day that you experience allergy symptoms.
- Write down the types of plants and trees in your neighborhood, town and areas where you frequently spend time.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins and supplements that you’re taking. Include the dosage you are taking of each.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Seasonal Allergies
It’s important to write down any questions you have for the doctor about seasonal allergies, so you don’t forget to discuss your concerns. This list of common questions about the condition can help you get started.
Question About My Diagnosis
- What makes me allergic to certain allergens?
- How do I find out which plant pollens I am allergic to?
- Will I need to see a specialist for my allergies? Will insurance pay for this?
- How often will I need to see the specialist?
Questions About My Treatment
- What type of medication is used to treat seasonal allergies? Are there side effects?
- Will I have to take medication forever?
- Will other medications I take interact with my allergy medication?
- Can I drink alcohol while taking my allergy medication?
- Am I a candidate for allergy shots? How do allergy shots work?
Questions About My Lifestyle and Family
- Do I need to change my daily activities and routines to avoid my allergens?
- Do I have to stay indoors during my allergy season?
- Other than staying indoors, are there steps I can take to minimize exposure to my allergens?