Medical History for Allergic Rhinitis
Your doctor can often diagnose Reference allergic rhinitis Opens New Window by asking you questions about your symptoms and past medical problems. Following are some questions he or she may ask:
- What are your allergy symptoms like? What is your main symptom? How much does it bother you? Is there anything that makes it worse?
- How old were you when you first had these symptoms?
- How often do you have allergy symptoms, and how long do your symptoms last?
- Do you have trouble sleeping or have you missed school or work because of your allergy symptoms?
- What time of year and what time of day do you have allergy symptoms?
- Does anyone else in your family have allergy problems, including Reference allergic asthma Opens New Window?
- Do you have other medical conditions that are related to allergies, such as Reference asthma Opens New Window, Reference eczema Opens New Window, or Reference rhinitis Opens New Window?
- Did you have allergies as a child?
- What medicines, including Reference over-the-counter Opens New Window medicines and dietary supplements, are you taking now? Do these medicines help your allergy symptoms?
- Have you ever had surgery on your nose, throat, or ears?
Your doctor may also ask questions to help learn what might trigger your allergy.
- Where are your allergy symptoms worse? At home? At work? At school?
- Does your home ever feel damp or wet? What is the usual temperature in your home?
- Do you ever use air conditioners or humidifiers?
- Do you have carpeting in your bedroom?
- Do you have any indoor pets, such as a cat or a dog?
- Do you spend most of your time indoors or outdoors?
- Do you work with chemicals or other irritating substances?
- Do you or anyone in your household smoke?
- Do you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove?
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 30, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Rohit K Katial, MD - Allergy and Immunology