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About Allergists / Immunologists

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An allergist/immunologist has the expertise to perform allergy tests, assess diagnosis as well as prescribe allergy shots and other treatments to their patients. Allergists perform a variety of different methods of allergy testing which include skin tests and blood tests as well as use of a patch to assess skin reaction to an allergen. 

Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic and immunologic diseases, patients are referred to Allergists/Immunologists by their Family Doctor or primary care physician as well as from specialists in other areas of medicine including Dermatologists and Otolaryngologists (ear, nose and throat).

Common ailments that are treated by Allergists/Immunologists include food allergy, medication allergy, allergic rhinitis, asthma, allergic eye diseases, eczema, chronic sinus infections, bronchitis and immune system illness.

Some of the most common allergens include plant pollen, mold, dust, pet fur, types of foods, medications and insect stings/bites.  Allergic reactions are the immune systems response to allergens coming in contact with the body, whether through direct or partial contact with the skin, ingestion or breathed in through the nose or mouth. Symptoms can effect anywhere from small areas to the entire body and include rash, hives and swelling.

Allergic reactions can range from being mild to becoming severe and possibly lead to the need for immediate medical attention. The most severe form of allergic reaction is known as Anaphylaxis which can be life-threatening, occurring within minutes of exposure and causing anaphylactic shock.

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