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what is immunology?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 33 years experience
Field of study: Immunology is the field of study of the immune system. This field is generally studied by allergists for the allergic aspects (IgE antibody) and people with immune system problems who have recurrent or severe infections (IgA, IgG, IgM). Rheumatologists study the immune system in regard to autoimmune (against self) diseases. The immune system protects us from infections but sometimes goes awry!

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A 39-year-old member asked:

What is immunologist? Do they practice medicine?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Yes!: Yes. Unless they are naturopaths and chiropractors. They go to medical school, study internal medicine, and then train two to three years to become board eligble in allergy and immunology.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between an immunologist and rheumatologist?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Little to big: I am a rheuamtolgoist, but trained in a program called clinical immunology and rheumatology. The allergists where in the program. Otherwise, in many places the rheumatology section is distinct, and there will be allergy and immunology programs. There are appreciable overlaps between what either speciality does.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the significance of spleen in relation to immunology?

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Dr. George T Tsai
General Surgery 27 years experience
Major player: Your spleen is an integral part of your immune system. It protects you from certain kind of infection, helps eliminate used up red blood cell, acting like the biggest lymph node in your body. However, it is not considered a vital organ and you can be healthy without it. Some people lose their spleens in auto accident, some needed splenectomy when it is dysfunctional.
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What are the branches of immunology?

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Dr. Manav Singla
Allergy and Immunology 23 years experience
Medical immunology: When it comes to medicine and immunology, there are a number of 'branches'. Immunology can suggest -lack of functioning immune system - primary immunodeficiency -immune system attacking the body - autoimmune disease -overactive allergy part of immunity - allergies and asthma -overactive immunity - inflammatory response related diseases.
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A 20-year-old male asked:

Are virologists a type of doctor, or are they only scientists? And what are some fields related to immunology and virology?

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Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Scientist: There is no recognized board of virology but it can best be fitted into the sub-specialty of Infectious Disease (under Internal Medicine). As for immunology, the specialty board I know of is the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. However most specialists would practice primarily clinical allergy or immunology with some cross-over. Most immunologists are more geared towards research.

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