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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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
Is a pulmonologist the correct person to do an allergy panel for a child with asthma? Shouldn't we see an allergist?
An allergist: would be appropriate, but if a pulmonologist had expertise in this area, that would be appropriate too. ...Read more
Yes: Ige to wheat can be detected by skin testing and / or blood testing. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Either: Both approach the problem from different angles and often refer to each other, start with one and see what they say. ...Read more
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
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