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What questions should I ask my healthcare provider about my allergies?

Following are questions you should ask your healthcare provider about your allergies:

  • What am I allergic to specfically? This may require blood and skin testing.
  • Do I need to be on medication?
  • Is my allergy life-threatening? Should I keep an EpiPen on hand?

Following are some questions to ask your healthcare provider about your allergies:

  1. Could an underlying medical condition cause my allergic symptoms?
  2. Do I have any medical conditions that might limit my use of over-the-counter medications?
  3. What are the side effects of the medications or treatments you're recommending? Will they interact with any other medications I'm taking?
  4. How will you monitor my treatment? How long will it take to work?
  5. Is my condition potentially dangerous? When should I seek professional medical care after an allergic reaction?
  6. Where are some of the unexpected places I might encounter the substance I'm allergic to?
  7. Should I be tested for allergy shots?

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