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What should you do if you think you have an allergy?

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It's good to know if you have allergies so you can stay away from the things that trigger them -- called allergens -- and get medicine if you need it.

If you think you have an allergy, you'll see a doctor who specializes in allergies called an allergist. He'll ask questions about your health and any family history of asthma or allergies. He'll also examine you and recommend a few tests to find out for sure.

From: How Does a Doctor Diagnose an Allergy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Allergy Testing," "Diagnosing Allergies."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Colds and the Flu: Tips for Feeling Better."

Cleveland Clinic: "Allergies," "Allergy Overview," "Allergy Tests."

Food Allergy Research and Education: "Food Elimination Diet," "Oral Food Challenges."

Kidshealth.org: "Allergy Testing," "How Do Doctors Test for Allergies?" "Serious Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 08, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: "Allergy Testing," "Diagnosing Allergies."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Colds and the Flu: Tips for Feeling Better."

Cleveland Clinic: "Allergies," "Allergy Overview," "Allergy Tests."

Food Allergy Research and Education: "Food Elimination Diet," "Oral Food Challenges."

Kidshealth.org: "Allergy Testing," "How Do Doctors Test for Allergies?" "Serious Allergic Reactions (Anaphylaxis)."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 08, 2019

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