10 questions to ask your GP about allergies
If you or your child has allergies or is experiencing symptoms of allergies, you may have many questions. These may include how to identify triggers, how to avoid triggers, and what treatments are recommended. Your GP is the first port of call but a referral to an allergy specialist or allergy clinic may be recommended.
It can be easy to forget to get answers to some burning questions during a doctor's appointment, so here are some suggested questions to print out and take to your next appointment:
- What is causing the allergy?
- What are the treatment options?
- Will prescription medications be required and for how long?
- Are there any supplements or over-the-counter medicines which are recommended or should be avoided?
- Are there allergy injections that could help? If so, how often would they be needed?
- Should adrenaline injector pens be carried or kept available at all times?
- Should a MedicAlert or similar bracelet or necklace be worn?
- What steps can be taken to allergy-proof a home?
- If a pet is an allergy trigger how can I minimise the risk?
- When should I seek emergency medical advice?