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Talking to Your Doctor About Allergic Rhinitis
- Bring someone else with you. It helps to have another person hear what is said and think of questions to ask.
- Write down your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
- Write down the answers you get, and make sure you understand what you are hearing. Ask for clarification, if necessary.
- Don't be afraid to ask your questions or ask where you can find more information about what you are discussing. You have a right to know.
- What is the best treatment option for me?
- What medications are used for allergic rhinitis?
- If medication is prescribed, what benefits and side effects should I expect?
- Will my medications interact with any supplements that I am taking?
- Might allergy shots be helpful?
- Are there any alternative treatments I should know about?
- Should I do anything differently in the event of a severe attack?
- What lifestyle changes would be most effective in treating this type of rhinitis?
- What can I do to avoid exposure to things that aggravate my allergies?
- Do I need to take any special precautions when I exercise?
- Do I need to take any special precautions when I travel?
- Should I expect any complications from allergic rhinitis?
- Are there any other factors that may exacerbate this condition?
- Will I have allergic rhinitis for my whole life?
- If I have children, will they develop allergic rhinitis?
Advice from your allergist: Rhinitis. American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology website. Available at: http://www.acaai.org/public/advice/rhin.htm. Accessed September 15, 2008.
- Reviewer: Marcin Chwistek, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 09/30/2013