Discussing allergies with your doctor

Most people know when they have allergies - they start experiencing allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, stuffy nose, and itchy and watery eyes. For some people, the symptoms are mild and don't bother them. For others, allergy symptoms affect their ability to concentrate or to have a good night's sleep.

Many people get used to the symptoms, but you don't have to suffer. If you've been living with allergy symptoms or have tried medications but find that your symptoms are still not under control, talk to your doctor and find out about all of your treatment options.

You should see your doctor when you:

  • think you may have allergic rhinitis
  • have allergy symptoms and they are bothersome, getting worse, or interfere with your daily activities
  • have suffered with allergies for some time but haven't taken any medications
  • have been taking allergy medications and your symptoms are not completely resolved
  • are taking allergy medications and you are experiencing side effects
  • have other medical conditions
  • have problems remembering to take your medications

You don't have to suffer allergies in silence. Whether you've been tolerating allergy symptoms without medications, using the same allergy medication for years, or want to try another medication for better symptom control, talking to your doctor will help you decide what's best for you. To learn more about different allergy treatments, see "Allergy Treatment."

If you are still not sure whether you should see your doctor for your allergy symptoms, take our Allergy Quick Test to find out!