For the most effective treatment, it helps to keep track of two things: 1) the medications you take and their impact; and 2) your symptoms.
How Can I Keep Track of the Medicines I Need?
Put any additional information your doctor tells you in a notebook so you can find it when you need it. Then use a personal diary to record the medications you take, when you take them, any side effects you have with them, and how effectively they prevent or ease your symptoms. Use that information to talk with your doctor about whether or not you need to change your medications.
Do I Need to Keep Track of My Symptoms?
Tracking your symptoms has these benefits.
- It shows how your treatment is working.
- It shows how well you are avoiding allergy triggers.
- It allows you to see if you're taking your medications the way you're supposed to.
- It helps you talk with your healthcare team about changing medications when necessary.
- It gives you the information you need to talk with your doctor about treatment options.