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What kinds of things do allergists test for?

What kinds of things do allergists test for?

Many things!: Allergists generally test for food, environmental (pollens, animal danders, insects, mold), and certain medication allergies (penicillin and certain types of chemotherapy agents). They can also test for "contact" allergens like metals or other topical allergies. ...Read more

Dr. Laurence Badgley
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Can an allergist help with my fibro symptoms?

Can an allergist help with my fibro symptoms?

Possibly: ? If Allergist can help a Fibromyalgia, FM, sufferer. Allergies are not considered etiologic for FM, but to the extent that they induce one to be sedentary with soft tissue deconditioning and incur obesity, allergies might be participant because soft tissue weakness, inactivity and obesity are within the several conditions that potentiate the evolution of FM. ...Read more

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Can an allergist help with meniere's disease?

Can an allergist help with meniere's disease?

Sometimes: I have had patients who have benefited from allergic management but the success rate is not high. ...Read more

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How to become an allergist or get into med school?

How to become an allergist or get into med school?

Complex: Get admitted to an accredited medical school first then a 3-year residency in internal medicine or pediatrics and become board-certified in either of these fields. After that a 2 to 3 year fellowship in allergy and immunology followed by an exam to get board certified as an allergist. At age 39, it may be a very long road for you but it is not impossible. ...Read more

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How does an allergist determine what allergies you have?

How does an allergist determine what allergies you have?

History and Physical: A thorough history and physical is the mainstay of any evaluation. Your allergist may also utilize blood tests and/or skin prick testing to help with the diagnosis. ...Read more

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No local allergist, what other options for determining allergies?

No local allergist, what other options for determining allergies?

Few options: The allergist will be the best option. Short of that, there are blood tests available to many allergens, which your primary doctor can order. Interpreting the results is not always straight-forward and may lead to some misdiagnosis of your allergies. Some ents or GI docs may test for pollens or foods, though they may or may not be specifically trained in it. Discuss your options with your doctor. ...Read more

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What do allergists do to determine what a patient is allergic to?

What do allergists do to determine what a patient is allergic to?

Allergy tests: Allergy tests can generally be performed two ways: skin testing and blood testing. Skin testing is done either via the "scratch" or "prick" testing method or via a small injections in skin (called an intradermal test). Blood allergy testing (called rast) testing can also be done. Both methods look for specific allergic antibody (called ige). ...Read more

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What can an allergist do for me; and what is 1st visit going to cost?

What can an allergist do for me; and what is 1st visit going to cost?

Depends on problem.: Allergists are trained to help with all sorts of problems, so it really depends on what you're making the appointment for. In terms of cost, if you're paying without insurance or have a high deductible, you can simply call the office and ask for your "self-pay" cost. They will give you an estimate for a consultation. If they do skin testing, that usually is an extra cost on top of the consult. ...Read more

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What do I expect at my first visit to the allergist; what sort of testing?

What do I expect at my first visit to the allergist; what sort of testing?

Usually skin tests: After a comprehensive history and a physical exam, if indicated by nasal or chest symptoms, you will have skin testing (to determine if you have allergies to inhaled substances, e.g. Pollen, dust, animal danders) and a breathing test if you have chest symptoms. If you have hives or recurrent infections then blood tests will also be ordered. ...Read more

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What to expect during my allergist appointment; how many needles will he poke me?

What to expect during my allergist appointment; how many needles will he poke me?

Not really needles..: Most skin testing is done without needles. The prick test devices look like little plastic toothpicks. Depending on your circumstances there may be 30-70 prick tests, less some times, but rarely more. If a bunch of prick tests are negative, there may be a few injection tests, usually less than 20. ...Read more

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