These are the questions I would ask:
1. " Can you determine if I have an inherited allergy gene? " ( This will let you know that you have an illness that can turn on you in a moment; you will become insensitive to some things and extremely sensitive to other things in just days. The most serious ones will need to be treated with antigens if appropriate.)
2. "What do I need to do in my home environment to protect (as much as possible) any allergens from affecting me seriously?"
3. "What is the best prescribed antihistamine for me to use?" (I have found Zyxal, 5 mg very effective for me. )
4. "Is there any test for sensitivity to sulfites, or must I just do an elimination test to determine if I'm sensitive to them?"
5. "I think I need to be tested for the following substances"...then give him your thoughts about
things you know you are allergic to.
If he doesn't give you a systematic form of avoidance to follow, ask him what he believes are the best things for you to do to protect yourself from serious allergic reactions. He definitely should know about the ones which have caused your tongue to swell.
That's probably enough to get you into a very knowledgeable way of learning how to manage your allergies. (I say "manage" because most of us with an allergy gene know that we have to balance the things we're around or eat or drink that may cause problems. )
There's real hope for improvement if you work with your allergist, and it's well worth the funds expended to be treated for the most serious ones. Your insurance will go a long way in defraying the costs for treatment.
Take care, and I hope you are successful in your allergy treatment.
Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 2/14/2012 10:02:09 AM (GMT-7)