Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or pediatrician. You may be referred to a doctor who specializes in allergic disorders (allergist-immunologist).

Because appointments can be brief, and there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to be well prepared for your appointment. Here's some information to help you get ready, and what to expect from the doctor.

What you can do

  • Be aware of any pre-appointment restrictions. When you make the appointment for yourself or your child, ask if there's anything you need to do in advance. For example, if you or your child is going to have allergy testing done, the doctor will want you or your child to avoid taking antihistamines for a certain time period before the test.
  • Write down any symptoms, including those that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Make a list of any medications, as well as any vitamins or supplements that you or your child is taking.
  • Write down questions to ask the doctor.

Your time with your child's doctor is limited, so preparing a list of questions can help you make the most of it. For egg allergy, some basic questions to ask the doctor include:

  • What kinds of tests are needed? Do these tests require any special preparation?
  • Is this reaction most likely caused by an egg allergy or could it be caused by something else?
  • What other conditions may be causing these symptoms?
  • Will my child or I need to avoid eggs altogether? Or are certain egg products OK?
  • Which foods are most likely to contain eggs?
  • What do I need to tell my child's school about his or her allergy?
  • My child or I have other health conditions. How can I best manage these along with egg allergy?
  • Do I — or does my child — need to carry an autoinjector in case of a severe reaction?
  • Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend visiting?

Don't hesitate to ask these or other questions at any time during the appointment.

What to expect from the doctor

Your child's doctor is likely to ask you and your child a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may reserve time to go over other points. The doctor may ask:

  • When did you or your child first have a reaction to eggs?
  • Can you describe the reaction?
  • Does this happen every time you or your child eats eggs or something made with eggs?
  • How soon do symptoms start after you or your child consumes eggs or products containing eggs?
  • How severe are your symptoms or your child's symptoms?
  • Does anything seem to improve symptoms, such as taking allergy medication or avoiding certain foods?
  • What, if anything, appears to worsen symptoms?
  • Is anyone in your family or your child's family allergic to eggs or other foods?
  • Do you or does your child have a history of other allergic disorders, such as eczema, hay fever or asthma?

What you can do in the meantime

If you or your child has mild allergy symptoms after eating something containing eggs, taking an antihistamine may help ease the discomfort. But, be on the lookout for worsening symptoms that might require medical attention. If you or your child has a severe reaction, seek immediate medical care.

Jan. 26, 2013

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