What is the focus of allergy history in the evaluation of allergic rhinitis?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Quoc A Nguyen, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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  • Allergy history

    • For the clinician who treats patients with allergic rhinitis, nothing is more crucial than the allergy history. It is important not only in identifying an allergy but also in guiding the treatment plan.

    • Although history taking begins at the initial encounter, it should not be completed at a single sitting, and it should be continued during subsequent visits, as needed.

    • Details about the presenting symptoms (eg, onset, fluctuation, severity) should be obtained. In addition, the interviewer should note any recent changes in the patient's life (eg, at home, in the workplace, in leisure activities, in diet).

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