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Sunday, September 20, 2009 Shiree, Community Member, asks

Q: How do I determine what is causing my allergies?

I never use to have allergies, but since about March 2009 I started getting symptoms of itchy back, itchy throat, cough, asthma-like breathing (wheezing), itchy neck.  I cannot figure it out.  It isn't every day, but sometimes more than others, and sometimes more extreme than others.

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9/29/09 2:31pm

Hi Shiree... Your symptoms do sound like allergy symptoms, but it's never a great idea to try and diagnose ourselves. Symptoms can often have several possible causes. So, I'd advise you to consult with a doctor about how you are feeling.

 

It will help, though, if you can provide a detailed picture of what's going on, so keeping a symptom diary is a great idea. Write down every time you experience the symptoms you describe above, what you were doing at the time or shortly beforehand. Also write down how long the symptoms last and what, if anything, makes them better. Your doctor can use all this information to help figure it out.

 

Take care,

Kathi

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By Shiree, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/25/10, First Published: 09/20/09