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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

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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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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 is immunologist? Do they practice medicine?

What is immunologist? Do they practice medicine?

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. ...Read more

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What types of common conditions require seeing an immunologist?

What types of common conditions require seeing an immunologist?

Recurrent infections: Physicians who practice in allergy, asthma & immunology have been trained to evaluate the function of the immune system. Most commonly, poor immunity to polysaccharide encapsulated bacteria such as strep. Pneumoniae leads to recurrent ear, sinus and lung infections. Vaccines used in children under age 2 (pcv-13) might not always generate protective antibodies. Checking for this problem might help. ...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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How do immunologists treat patients?

How do immunologists treat patients?

Allergy/Rheumatology: Allergy/Immunology specialists (as opposed to rheumatologists) treat people with various allergies and with asthma. This includes adults, but often much of the practice is pediatric. They also help identify and treat people with immunodeficiencies that make them more susceptible to infections. The specific treatments really depend on what is being treated. Rheumatologists Rx autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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What is a immunologist? Can they treat jra?

Health Specialists: It would appear that you need a rheumatologist first. The immunologist treats diseases of infection or of the immune system. Arthritis is treated by rheumatologists. ...Read more

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Do immunologists tell you how immune you are?

Do immunologists tell you how immune you are?

NOPE: Even the serum level of "immune factors" may have good quantity and not quality or vice versa. ...Read more

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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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Do i go see an immunologist for low wbcs?

Low WBC : Reason for low WBC 's are many . It has to be considered in conjunction with one's over all clinical features . Based on how low it is , under what circumstances , underlying disease, associated drug use, recent illnesses etc have to be considered in evaluation of leukopenia . Consult your doctor who will refer you to appropriate specialist based on cause and level of low wbc. ...Read more