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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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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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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 does an allergy specialist do to treat allergies that a pcp doesn't?

What does an allergy specialist do to treat allergies that a pcp doesn't?

Comprehensive RX: Allergist can test you to determine what triggers your symptoms and discuss with you allergen avoidance and control measures. They also can desensitize you to your allergies but giving you allergy shots to provide you with long term relief from your symptoms and a chance to have good quality control of your symptoms with minimal dependence on medications. ...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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Do you know who is better an allergist or dermatologist at treating an allergic reaction?

Do you know who is better an allergist or dermatologist at treating an allergic reaction?

Depends: if acute allergic reaction any MD would help initially, chronic allergic skin conditions can be co-managed, some severe cases may require special expertise of either in managing the condition, good luck ...Read more

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Does going to an allergist to get diagnosed with allergies hurt, sting, etc..?

Does going to an allergist to get diagnosed with allergies hurt, sting, etc..?

Not much: A good allergy nurse should be able to perform the procedure without any more discomfort than an insect bite. That said, every patient's tolerance to pain is different. I suggest you let the nurse know if what she is doing is too uncomfortable for you. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have an allergy or celiac disease?

How to tell if I have an allergy or celiac disease?

Celiac or allergy: Celiac DX is an autoimmune disease with changes in the intestinal lining. Allergy is a hyperimmune disease without damage to the intestinal lining. The abnormal blood testing is different and they are two different diseases. ...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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Do i need to see an allergist or an ENT doctor about my allergy?

Do i need to see an allergist or an ENT doctor about my allergy?

Depends: Your reaction to whatever your trigger is is important. If you get mainly nasal symptoms related to your allergy trigger, both can help you though an ENT will treat your nasal symptoms with treatments that can include surgery, if needed. If your allergic symptoms are more along the lines of asthma, body swelling, hives, etc. Your allergist is more appropriate. ...Read more

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Do you get shots when you see an allergist to test for food allergies?

Do you get shots when you see an allergist to test for food allergies?

Probably: You would usually get "shots" for interdermal testing, but most food allergys are not treated with "shots". They are treated with avoidance and oral drops. But the type of testing depends on the allergists. Some allergists use blood tests, others may use challange tests, which others may use interdermal testing. All are accepted methods of diagnosis. ...Read more

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Should i go to a dermatologist or an allergist about an allergic rash?

Should i go to a dermatologist or an allergist about an allergic rash?

Depends: If you are sure it is allergic and want to find out what you may be allergic to, i'd sat the allergist. If there is any doubt, go to see your primary doc or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is an allergic reaction different/similar to an autoimmune disease?

Can you tell me how is an allergic reaction different/similar to an autoimmune disease?

They differ: Allergic reaction is your bodies immune response to an outside or external agent that is foreign to you.It can take several forms depending on contacting it, breathing it, or ingesting it.An autoimmune reaction is when your immune system is directed against organs in your own body which can affect any organ including the brain and heart, for example. ...Read more

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How to tell if it's intolerance or an allergic reaction to dairy?

How to tell if it's intolerance or an allergic reaction  to dairy?

Symptoms and test: Dairy reactions can be lactose iintolerance (milk sugar) with symptoms limited to GI tract like crampy abdominal pain, gassiness and diarrhea. Milk skin test is negative. Milk allergy (to milk protein) may have GI symptoms but also rash, hives, swelling, or even anaphylaxis. Milk skin test will be positive. ...Read more

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Should I see an allergist or a pulmonologist to diagnose asthma?

Should I see an allergist or a pulmonologist to diagnose asthma?

Pulmonary: A Pulmonologist deals with the Lungs, and would certainly be able to diagnose and treat asthma. Allergists may also be able to treat it, especially if the asthma has an allergic component to it, but between the two, you can not go wrong with the Pulmonologist. ...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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What can an allergist do for someone who is exhausted from allergies?

A lot: Avoidance of allergens which must be identified by blood tests or skin test , better mix of drugs, and often allergy shots to modify your allergic responses. ...Read more

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What can you do to treat an allergic reaction?

What can you do to treat an allergic reaction?

Depends on severity: Severe allergic reactions (like anaphylaxis) that involve chest/throat symptoms are treated with Epinephrine for immediate relief and oral steroids. Milder allergic reactions that affect skin, nose, eyes are usually treated with antihistamines. The real goal is to identify the trigger, so it can be avoided. An allergist is uniquely trained to diagnose and appropriately treat allergic reactions. ...Read more

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Sinus infections. Will i need my referral to be to an allergist or an ENT doctor?

Sinus infections. Will i need my referral to be to an allergist or an ENT doctor?

Either: Both approach the problem from different angles and often refer to each other, start with one and see what they say. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Dr. Michael Zacharisen
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Food Allergy (Definition)

Results in a response like diarrhea, vomiting, hives, or anaphylaxis when certain food is eaten. Can also be more subtle and lead to chronic congestion, headaches, ...Read more