KEEP A SYMPTOM DIARY BEFORE YOUR ALLERGIST CONSULTATION
TO GET THE BEST POSSIBLE ALLERGY TREATMENT

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To get the best treatment for skin or other allergies, you need to help your doctor to help you. You can do this by gathering rich and detailed information in the form of a symptom diary, kept for a fortnight prior to your allergist consultation. It should include:


• The date and time of allergic events.
• Where they took place.
• Anything eaten or drunk.
• Anything applied (e.g. cosmetics). 
• Symptoms experienced. 
• Medications taken prior to reaction. 
• Anything else going on when the event happened. 
• How you treated the reaction. 
• Whether you needed to seek medical attention.

FOR EFFECTIVE SKIN ALLERGY RELIEF,
KEEP A DETAILED SYMPTOM DIARY
BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT

Noting everything you do in the fortnight before seeing an allergist will help track down triggers and reveal any patterns to your reactions. That way, he or she will be able to cure your allergic skin rashes or other reactions more effectively.

Here’s an example of a symptom diary entry for someone who is allergic to strawberries.


 Date 01/05/2017
 Time 2pm
 Where was I? At home, at work, in the park… At home.
 Did I eat or drink anything? Strawberries
 Did I apply any cosmetics or fragrances?Any other suspected triggers?  
 What were my symptoms and  Itchy mouth and stomach.
 How long did they last?All over the body or in one area? ache. Lasted approx. 2 hours.
 Had I taken any medications that day? (esp. ibuprofen, aspirin)? Aspirin 1 hour before.
 Was anything else going on? Was I out for a run, stressed, drinking alcohol, hot or cold...? It was a hot day.
 How did I treat the reaction? OTC anti-histamine.
 Did you need to consult a Dr. or go to A&E? No, symptoms went away on their own.

DOWNLOADABLE SYMPTOM DIARY
TO GET THE BEST ALLERGIC REACTION RASH TREATMENT

Download and fill in this symptom diary for 2 weeks before your consultation. It will really help your allergist narrow down the range of clinical tests needed. Click HERE to download your “My Symptoms Diary” template.

Look HERE for basic information about allergies.

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