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Being sent to a certified allergist for a complete allergy and immunology workup. I know what allergy test is but what does immunology work up entail?

Being sent to a certified allergist for a complete allergy and immunology workup. I know what allergy test is but what does immunology work up entail?

Normal immune status: An immune evaluation is undertaken when your allergist is concerned about how well your immune system works.
First, we look at antibody levels, IgG and the 4 subclasses, IgA (the most common Ig deficiency), IgM and IgE (the allergic antibody).
We also evaluate specific immune responses to different types of vaccines or illness. Usually tetanus and pneumococcal vaccine. (No room for full answer) ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Immunology (Definition)

Immunology is a field of study in which a person studies the components of the immune system (such as lymph nodes, white blood cells, and antibodies), their functions, and their diseases. Because allergies are a reaction by a person's immune system, immunology usually includes the study of allergies. A doctor who specializes in problems of the immune system ...Read more


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What are allergists vs immunologists?

What are allergists vs immunologists?

Usually the same: Most allergy physicians completed a fellowship in both allergy and immunology. There is significant overlap between the two fields. ...Read more

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How can I find an immunologist or allergist?

How can I find an immunologist or allergist?

Find an allergist: Go to the website www. Aaaai. Org and click on the tab at the top that says "find an allergist." enter your zip code to find the one nearest you that is a member of this organization, the american academy of allergy, asthma and immunology. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an allergist and an immunologist?

What is the difference between an allergist and an immunologist?

Not much: These physicians are typically interchangeable as allergy is an over-vigorous immune response. Thus, an immunologist typically manages allergies. ...Read more

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What kind of tests can an allergist/immunologist perform to check for DNA disorders?

What kind of tests can an allergist/immunologist perform to check for DNA disorders?

Different ones: It depends on the clinical symptoms, age of the patient, and which dna disorder they are considering. There are many different disorders which can be diagnosed genetically (by looking at dna), and there are also specific dna structural disorders. Depending on what your allergist/immunologist is looking for, they can order the proper test, which may or may not be a dna one. ...Read more

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Is rad the same as asthma? I went to an allergist/immunologist and rad was his diagnosis. I only got to see him for brief time and forgot to ask him..

Is rad the same as asthma? I went to an allergist/immunologist and rad was his diagnosis. I only got to see him for brief time and forgot to ask him..

RAD or not: Reactive airway disease is the old terminology for asthma. It is usually used when your symptoms are intermittent, meaning you don't have shortness of breath, chest tightness more than twice a week or you don't have breathing problem at night. ...Read more

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What does an allergist or an immunologist do to diagnose food allergies?

What does an allergist or an immunologist do to diagnose food allergies?

A logical approach: The allergist takes a detailed history & then performs a physical examination. Rather than screening food allergy tests more likely to reveal false positives the allergist prefers, when possible, to perform tests relevant to your history. They may be skin or blood tests, sometimes both. If the diagnosis is uncertain oral challenges are performed in a safe setting with appropriate safeguards. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a pediatrician and immunologist (allergist)?

What's the difference between a pediatrician and immunologist (allergist)?

Ped. Vs All/Imm. Fel: A pediatrcian specializes in the care of children from birth to 16-18 yrs of age. The training is 3 yrs after medical school. An allergist/immunologist cares for all ages of people with allergies, asthma, immunologic and related diseases. The training has 2 paths. Either 3 yrs of pediatric residency or 3 yrs of internal medicine & then 2-3 yrs of allergy/immunology fellowship. Double board elig. ...Read more

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Why would all of your skin continue to feel itchy? Would I need to see an allergist/immunologist or a dermatologist?

Why would all of your skin continue to feel itchy? Would I need to see an allergist/immunologist or a dermatologist?

Start with PCP: Would recommend starting with your PCP in trying to sort it out. Generalized itching with no rash may be caused by medical conditions. Keep a symptom log, including physical activities, showering, food and drinks ingested, etc. ...Read more

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My nephew goes into rages after consuming certain foods. What kind of doctor should he see? Allergist/immunologist? Isn't this a sign of autism?

My nephew goes into rages after consuming certain foods. What kind of doctor should he see? Allergist/immunologist? Isn't this a sign of autism?

Rages ; food: A lab test for food sensitivities would be an excellent place to start. Great plains lab offers a good one. A behavior therapist can help with the negative behaviors that may be secondary to food sensitivity ...Read more

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Can you see an allergist or immunologist to check for sun allergy skin reactions or immune disorders that cause them?

Can you see an allergist or immunologist to check for sun allergy skin reactions or immune disorders that cause them?

Many docs can: Reactions to sunlight (apart from sun burn) are uncommon. Allergists can help diagnose and treat an itchy sun rash called solar urticaria. Rheumatologists can help diagnose and treat sun-induced rashes in diseases like lupus. Of course, dermatologists can help diagnose and treat many skin conditions. Hepatologists and geneticists may also see some very rare diseases with sensitivity to uv light. ...Read more

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Can an allergist/immunologist ever help with chronic inflammatory polyneuropathy? Have seen neuro, but have been told I have IgG deficiency as well.

Together: There is an overalp, and a neuroimmunologist should be able to treat it and if in doubt, an allergist can prescribe ivig if needed. Your neurologist should be able to tell you if they can treat the igg deficiency or not. ...Read more

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Gnat bites. Mom is 80. Been 1 week and still having swelling (throat, face). Prednisone and epi-pen treated. Allergist/Immunologist in Madison WI?

Gnat bites. Mom is 80. Been 1 week and still having swelling (throat, face). Prednisone and epi-pen treated. Allergist/Immunologist in Madison WI?

Allergist: There are a number of Allergists in Madison. I am not familiar with any of them. As it is obvious she has been treated by someone I would call her primary care physicians office and see who they reccomend as an allergist for her to see. ...Read more

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Being sent to a certified allergist for a complete allergy and immunology workup. I know what allergy test is but what does immunology work up entail?

Normal immune status: An immune evaluation is undertaken when your allergist is concerned about how well your immune system works.
First, we look at antibody levels, IgG and the 4 subclasses, IgA (the most common Ig deficiency), IgM and IgE (the allergic antibody).
We also evaluate specific immune responses to different types of vaccines or illness. Usually tetanus and pneumococcal vaccine. (No room for full answer) ...Read more

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Do all allergists do desensitisation treatment for allergy and immunology problems?

Do all allergists do desensitisation treatment for allergy and immunology problems?

They should!: Board certified allergists are trained to do desensitization treatments for a number of problems. The most common is for severe allergy problems to environmental allergens (pollen, animal danders, insect stings). However, many allergists can assist other doctors with medication desensitization (like antibiotics) as well. ...Read more

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What tools do immunologist need?

What tools do immunologist need?

History and labs: An immunologist first takes a good history of the patient's problems (ie., recurrent infections etc) and then will do a thorough physical exam. Based upon all of this, specific laboratory tests will be ordered. Once reviewed, a plan of action will be taken. ...Read more

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What does a pediatric allergist do?

What does a pediatric allergist do?

Treats Allergic Dis: All allergists are trained in adult and pediatric allergy -- some may choose only to see adults or peds. The allergic diseases allergist treat include: asthma, allergy nose and eyes, sinus disease, hives, rashes, allergic rashes, immunodeficiency (non aids). ...Read more

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Do immunologists treat autoimmune disease?

Do immunologists treat autoimmune disease?

Probably Not: Autoimmune diseases are best treated by rheumatologists in conjunction with one's pcp. ...Read more

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Are allergists trained to do a nasal endoscopy?

Are allergists trained to do a nasal endoscopy?

Some: Nasal endoscopy is a safe and usually quick procedure using a flexible fiberoptic scope to evaluate the nose/throat done by some allergists and all ENT doctors. Allergists typically don't take biopsies or use a rigid scope. More allergists are being trained in this procedure. Before you decide, ask the provider "how many of these have you done? ". ...Read more

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What? Kinds of? Kids qualify to see? A pediatric allergist.?

What? Kinds of? Kids qualify to see? A pediatric allergist.?

Many reasons: Possible causes to see an allergist include food allergy, rash, eczema, asthma, or inhalant allergies. ...Read more

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How can seeking out an allergist help an asthma patient like me?

How can seeking out an allergist help an asthma patient like me?

Triggers: A majority of asthma is secondary to allergies. An allergist can test you and determine your triggers. They can help you avoid your allergens, get you on a good treatment plan and if you are a candidate for it, can suggest desensitizing you to your allergens to improve your asthma and allergies. ...Read more

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Should I consult an immunologist about low IgA (14) and IgE levels?

Should I consult an immunologist about low IgA (14) and IgE levels?

Yes: There's no danger in having a low ige level- that's normal. An IgA of 14 likely indicates IgA deficiency. This can predispose to infections of the sinuses and lungs. You should see a board certified allergist/immunologist. ...Read more

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My allergist says asthma is my symptom for allergies. Is this possible?

Allergic asthma: When you have that diagnosis, it is likely that your allergy tests show you have sensitivities to environmental allergens. Asthma is the disease of airway inflammation. In your case, it's likely that the inflammation is due to your airway being exposed constantly to airborne allergens. ...Read more

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Is a referral to an immunologist necessary after suffering anaphylactic shock?

Is a referral to an immunologist necessary after suffering anaphylactic shock?

Helpful...: It would be helpful to see an immunologist after an episode of anaphylaxis to determine the allergen responsible, if possible, so that the allergen can be avoided, if possible. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening so any and all steps to reduce the possibility of a recurrent episode should be taken. ...Read more

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Do you have to be referred to an allergist by a doctor or can you just go to one?

Depends: Depends on the policy of the allergist and also your insurance. Some allergists might prefer a referral but many will see you without one. Your insurance company, however, may require you to see your doctor first and get a referral. ...Read more

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What can an allergist do for me; and what is it going to cost for allergy testing?

What can an allergist do for me; and what is it going to cost for allergy testing?

Diagnose & Treat: Seeing an allergist for testing to determine what things you are allergic to is very helpful in several ways. Once you know your allergies you can avoid some things like cat, dog, or dust mites. You can also elect to begin immunotherapy in the form of shots or drops to help reduce your allergies. ...Read more

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Has anyone here got a scratch test from an allergist? Is "scratch" a code word for needles?

Has anyone here got a scratch test from an allergist? Is "scratch" a code word for needles?

Typically not needle: But rather scratched or pricked with what looks like small plastic toothpicks. Needles are sometimes used for a few stronger tests. If you are too nervous for skin testing, blood testing is an option, too. ...Read more

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If I was told by an allergist that I am allergic to chicken, would I be allergic to eggs too?

If I was told by an allergist that I am allergic to chicken, would I be allergic to eggs too?

Probably not: This is not common, but not impossible. However, if you have been eating eggs all your life without incident, particularly poorly cooked eggs such as runny scrambled eggs, I wouldn't worry about it. However, if you start to notice itching in your mouth when you eat eggs, or get cramping, vomiting or diarrhea after eating eggs, this is suggestive of allergy, and you should start to avoid all egg. ...Read more