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How can keeping a diary help you become an allergy detective?

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Allergy symptoms happen when your immune system overreacts to something that doesn’t bother most other people. You may find your allergy triggers by keeping track of what you ate, how you felt, and what you were doing when you noticed your allergy symptoms. Writing down the information also can help your doctor how to treat your allergy. Be sure to note if other people in your family have allergies, and what they are.

Apps can help track your triggers, info about your surroundings, and even weather forecasts, on the go

From: Become an Allergy Detective WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Food Allergy Research and Education: “About Anaphylaxis,” “Symptoms.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Allergy Symptoms,” “Anaphylaxis,” “My Nasal Allergy Journal,” “Skin Allergies: Hives.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter: “Allergy Basics.” 

CDC: “Latex Allergies.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food Allergy: Tests and Diagnosis.”

Allergy UK: “Food and Symptoms Diary.”

University of Michigan Health System, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

American Family Physician : “Hives and Exercise -- What It Means and What to Do,” “Things That Can Cause Asthma and Allergies.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “How Can I Contact AAFA?” “Pet Allergy: Are You Allergic to Dogs or Cats?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 01, 2017

SOURCES:

Food Allergy Research and Education: “About Anaphylaxis,” “Symptoms.”

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology: “Allergy Symptoms,” “Anaphylaxis,” “My Nasal Allergy Journal,” “Skin Allergies: Hives.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter: “Allergy Basics.” 

CDC: “Latex Allergies.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food Allergy: Tests and Diagnosis.”

Allergy UK: “Food and Symptoms Diary.”

University of Michigan Health System, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

American Family Physician : “Hives and Exercise -- What It Means and What to Do,” “Things That Can Cause Asthma and Allergies.”

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America: “How Can I Contact AAFA?” “Pet Allergy: Are You Allergic to Dogs or Cats?”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on February 01, 2017

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