Symptoms Diary

A vital part of managing an allergy is avoiding triggers and knowing what starts allergic symptoms and what works in controlling them. Symptom and treatment diaries can be especially helpful when discussing your child’s condition with doctors.

It can be difficult, when speaking with a doctor, to remember all the symptoms and exactly what occurred and when. By recording times and dates of symptoms a diary can highlight what triggers an allergic reaction, and help everyone understand when treatment works and what may need to be changed.

These records can be kept up regularly so that you can decide if increasing symptoms are a ‘one off’ or if they are showing a pattern. This can help you to act and, if necessary, call upon one of the many people who can help you to decide which steps to take to re-establish symptom control with different doses of medication or different treatments.

Below is an example of a symptom diary showing how it may be filled in. It shows how, by recording some information, a doctor may be able to understand more how an allergy is affecting a child over a period of time and what symptoms they are having.

Remember to write both positive and negative changes in symptoms in a symptom / treatment diary.

Name of Child:  Joe Brown

Age:   5 years

GP:   Dr Smith  

Date and Time of Day

Symptoms / Duration

Was there a trigger, i.e. contact with anything?

Action and Response

 1st March ‘08

    2.30 pm

Itchy rash red looking around face and swollen eyes and sneezing

Round friends house-(they have a cat )

Antihistamine syrup given.  made appt with GP, this seemed to get better after a couple of hours when we were back at home.

16th April ‘08

  3.00 pm

Sneezing and watery eyes itchy nose

Playing in garden after grass had been cut

Washed face and hands and bathed eyes felt better but eyes still red and itchy a couple of hours later therefore antihistamine given.  Felt better later in evening no further symptoms

27th April ‘08

Itchy eczema like skin around wrists and knees

Started to itch for a while at school, complained of after school –no obvious trigger noted.

Moisturising cream applied and uncovered areas and allowed to cool down.  Less red areas and skin looked calmer and less dry.  Will mention to GP as have follow up visit.

 

Last updated: March 2012

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