The information we’re giving you in this section is to give you an idea of what you might be able to expect at your allergy diagnosis appointment. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the steps or procedures we’re outlining here, do have a chat with your health care provider before the test.
Your health care provider is likely to ask you questions about your symptoms. Questions such as how badly they affect you, when they occur and how long they last. Keeping a regular log of your symptoms can be useful for talking them through with your health care provider.
Since allergy tends to run in families, you might be asked if anyone in your family has ever had hay fever, another type of allergy or eczema.
Your health care provider may want to perform a simple examination, such as looking at your eyes, ears, nose and throat. If your symptoms affect your chest, like coughing or wheezing (that whistling sound made when breathing in), you might be asked to do a lung function test.
If your allergy symptoms are mild and the cause is obvious, your health care provider will be able to offer advice and discuss treatment options with you. But if your allergy is more severe or it’s not clear what’s causing your symptoms, you may be referred for allergy testing. An allergy test usually takes place at an allergist’s office.