Document specific reactions (e.g., rash, nausea, facial swelling, anaphylaxis) to:

  • Foods
  • Insects
  • Environmental factors: pets, mould, smoking, dust mites, carpets, feather pillows, stuffed animals, detergents
  • Medications (e.g., antibiotics, anesthetics)


  1. Bickley LS, Szilagyi, PG. The Health History. In: Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking. 9th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007: 7.