Asthma Action Plan PDF

Allergy Action Plan PDF

What is an allergist/ immunologist?

An allergist/ immunologist is a medical doctor with specialty training in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases, asthma and diseases of the immune system. To become an allergist, a person must attend college (4 years) and medical school (4 years), and undergo residency training in either internal medicine or pediatrics (3 years each). The physician then must pass a difficult exam to become board-certified in either of these fields.

What types of patients do allergists/ immunologist see?  

An allergist/ immunologist specialize in the treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of allergic rhinitis, allergic eye disease, atopic dermatis (eczeme), urticaria (hives), chronic cough, chronic sinus infections, frequent colds/ bronchitis and immune problems. Allergists also see patients with food allergy, medication allergy, bee sting (venom) allergy and latex allergy.

Usually a primary care physician refers a patient to see an allergist, although some patients will be sent to an allergist from other specialist, such as a dermatologist, an otolarynologist (ear, nose, and throat), a pulmonologist or a rheumatologist.

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