Each year, more than 12 million doctor’s visits result from allergic rhinitis, commonly known as allergies. Symptoms from seasonal allergies are among the primary reasons people miss school or work.
If allergies are driving you crazy this spring and over-the-counter (OTC) medications aren’t providing enough relief, you may be considering seeing an allergist. If you do, be sure to write down questions, concerns and symptoms in advance. Here’s a handy checklist:
■ Do you have new symptoms? Are your symptoms worsening? Be sure to mention coughing, difficulty breathing or loss of sleep, as these may be signs of asthma.
■ Have you missed school or work due to allergy or asthma symptoms? Have you had to visit an emergency room or be hospitalized due to symptoms?
■ What medications, if any, are you taking? This includes prescription and OTC medications as well as herbal supplements.
■ You may want to ask: What steps can I take to avoid allergens? Am I currently on the best treatment plan? What other treatment options are available?
— Source: American Academy of Allergies, Asthma & Immunology