Talking to Your Doctor About Allergic Rhinitis

Talking to Your Doctor About Allergic Rhinitis

Take an active role in your care, talk openly with your doctor. The more your doctor knows the better healthcare will be. It will also help to make sure your health goals are met.

General Tips for Gathering Information

Here are some tips that will make it easier for you to talk to your doctor:

  • Write down your questions ahead of time, so you don't forget them.
  • Write down the answers you get. Make sure you understand what you are hearing. If you don't, tell the doctor. Ask for educational materials.
  • Ask where you can find more information. You have a right to know.

Specific Questions to Ask Your doctor

About Treatment Options

  • How is allergic rhinitis treated?
  • What medicines are used for allergic rhinitis?
  • If I must take medicine, what should I expect?
  • Will my medicines interact with any supplements that I am taking?
  • What about getting allergy shots?
  • Are there any natural treatments I should know about?
  • What should I do if I have a severe reaction?

About Lifestyle Changes

  • What changes can I make that will help 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?

About Outlook

  • Should I expect any other problems because of allergic rhinitis?
  • Are there any other factors that can make this worse?
  • Will I have allergic rhinitis for my whole life?
  • If I have children, will they develop allergic rhinitis?
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References:

Allergic rhinitis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/allergic-rhinitis. Updated July 9, 2018. Accessed February 14, 2020.
Allergic rhinitis treatment. Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website. Available at: https://www.aafa.org/allergy-treatments/. Updated March 2018. Accessed February 14, 2020.
Getting the most out of your doctor appointment. Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians website. Available at: https://familydoctor.org/tips-for-talking-to-your-doctor. Updated January 19, 2018. Accessed February 14, 2020.
Allergy shots. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology website. Available at: https://www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/allergy-library/allergy-shots-(immunotherapy). Accessed February 14, 2020.
Last reviewed September 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated:10/27/2020

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