Preparing for your appointmentBy Mayo Clinic staff
See your doctor if you suspect that you or your child has wheat allergy or another allergy. You're likely to begin by seeing your family doctor or your child's pediatrician, but you may be referred to a specialist in allergies (allergist) for some diagnostic tests.
What you can do
Because appointments can be brief, and because there's often a lot of ground to cover, it's a good idea to prepare for your appointment. Before your appointment, make a list that includes:
- Symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to allergy-like symptoms
- Your family's history of allergy and asthma, including specific types of allergies if you know them
- Medications, vitamins or supplements you or your child is taking
- Questions to ask your doctor
Questions related to wheat allergy or other types of allergy may include:
- Are the symptoms most likely due to an allergy?
- Will I need any allergy tests?
- Should I see an allergist?
- Do I need to carry epinephrine?
- Are there any brochures or other printed material that I can take home with me? What websites do you recommend visiting?
In addition to the questions that you've prepared to ask your doctor, don't hesitate to ask questions during your appointment if you don't understand something.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions. Being ready to answer them may save time to go over any points you want to spend more time on. Your doctor may ask:
- How soon after eating do symptoms appear?
- Do symptoms seem to be related to a specific food?
- In the case of an infant, what solid foods have you introduced to your baby?
- Have you recently introduced a new food to your baby's diet?
- Did anyone else get sick from eating the same food?
- How much of a suspected allergy-causing food was eaten?
- What other foods were eaten at or around the same time as the food you suspect as the cause of allergic reactions?
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