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Dr. Radha IyengarBreast Surgery

Why doctors want to know what about your allergies

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One of the common questions asked in a doctors office is about your allergies. Typically this refers to allergies you may have had in the past to prescription or over-the-counter medications.
Seasonal and food allergies are also important so be sure to mention these as well.
Common allergic reactions are itchiness, rash, hives, swelling, nausea, vomiting, and shortness of breath.
Depending on the severity of the allergy your doctor may avoid prescribing certain medications. 
As soon as you experience an allergy it is best to contact your doctor to let them know. Sometimes depending on the indication of the medication they may have you continue the medication if the allergy is not severe. 
If you experience A severe allergic reaction it is best to be evaluated promptly by a physician. 
Remember to keep a list of any medications you are allergic to, and what reaction they caused, so you can tell your doctor.