Medical history for food allergies

To help diagnose food allergies, your health professional may ask you or your child the following questions:

  • What are your allergy symptoms like? How old were you when you first had these symptoms?
  • How long after you eat do symptoms occur? Does the reaction come on quickly after eating the food?
  • How much of the suspect food was eaten? How was the food prepared?
  • How often does the reaction occur, and what type of medical treatment do you take? If you took antihistamines, did they relieve symptoms?
  • What is your diet like?
  • What is your family's medical history? Do your parents or siblings have allergies?
  • Do you have asthma or other kinds of allergies?

Last Updated: March 9, 2009

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