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What Questions Should I Ask an Allergist on an Initial Visit?
When you first visit an allergist due to a concern of food allergy, there are many questions that both you and your doctor will want to ask of one another.
To start, your doctor should ask you questions about the suspected allergy and the reaction that prompted your visit. Try to remember or write down as many of the details as you can about the time(s) you or your child ate the food in question, including:
Once it is your turn to ask questions, your interest will probably fall into two major categories - testing for the allergy and how to deal with and treat the allergy.
Concerning the testing part:
Typical questions about dealing with and treating a food allergy include:
The key to excellent care of people with food allergies is open communication among the allergist, his/her staff, the parents and the child. Come to the appointment with questions written down so you don’t forget. Remember, good questions help your doctor care for you and your child in the best possible way.
Approved by KFA Medical Advisory Team December 2006