Severe Allergies and Travel: The Journey Begins With a Single Step

Rebecca E. Cooney, PhD

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March 21, 2016

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Last and Foremost: Proper Evaluation

Finally, and perhaps most important, physicians need to impart the message to patients that the most important step is to get properly evaluated, preferably by a board-certified allergist.

Dr Storms advises the following for physicians who are evaluating patients for allergies, but who don't have an allergist that they can refer to: "Make sure that you've done an evaluation on the patient to identify the severity of their allergies and asthma, prescribe medication to block any potential reaction, and identify triggering situations. A physician should also then counsel the patient what to avoid—cat allergy, dog allergy, peanut allergy, whatever it may be."

William W. Storms, MD, is a clinical professor at the Department of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado and in private practice in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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