Health Tip: Keep a Health Journal
And share it with your doctor
(HealthDay News) -- When your doctor asks you about any illnesses, injuries or past procedures, there's no need to commit it all to memory if you keep a health journal.
The American Academy of Family Physicians suggests your journal include the following:
- Any injuries you've had or illnesses for which you've been treated.
- Any time you were hospitalized, including when and why.
- Any allergies you have to foods, medications, household items, pollens, etc.
- Any past surgeries or procedures.
- All prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins or supplements taken. Be sure to include the dose and how often you take them.
- Diseases, illnesses or health conditions that have affected immediate family members.