Skip to Content
Sign in to Manage Your Health Care

In the Spotlight

Allergies? Try a Video Visit

No need to go to the clinic for many allergy concerns

A Veteran in gardeningSpring is here, which means warmer weather and more time to be outside. But if you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from allergies, your symptoms may be back. Allergy symptoms can be sneezing, itchy eyes or nose, a runny nose, or cough. Sometimes allergies can interfere with your day-to-day activities.

If you want help from a doctor to manage your symptoms, you may be able to get it from home. Virtual appointments can save you time, fuel, and energy. A VA Video Connect session may help you with these conditions:

  • Rhinitis (Itchy, congested, or runny nose)

  • Asthma

  • Drug or food allergy

  • Urticaria (Hives)

  • Angioedema (Swelling in specific areas such as the face, tongue, lips, etc.)

  • Insect sting reactions

  • Dermatitis

  • Suspected immune deficiency

  • Chronic cough or chronic sinusitis

  • Other concerns you’d typically see an allergist or immunologist for

When can VA Video Connect help?

If you have a smartphone or computer, you can use VA Video Connect to meet with a provider. Virtual visits are an easy way to share your health history. You and your provider can decide if you need an in-person visit during your virtual visit.

Using My HealtheVet for allergies

In the Health History section on My HealtheVet, you can keep track of your allergies. You’ll need a Premium account. Then you can view your VA Allergies & Adverse Reactions or update your Personal Health Record to add Self-Entered Allergies.


Please vote in our unscientific poll. All responses are anonymous.

Have you talked to your doctor about your allergies?