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Dr. Jay Kashkin Dr. Kashkin
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
34 years in practice
CETEC School of Medicine
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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


Dr. Steven Machtinger Dr. Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
40 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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 Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael P Vaughn Dr. Vaughn
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
30 years in practice
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Brian Novick Dr. Novick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
39 years in practice
Autonomous University of Guadalajara Faculty of Medicine
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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

Dr. Amit Golding Dr. Golding
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
15 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Robert Killian Dr. Killian
General Practice
24 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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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

Dr. SAMAR GUPTA Dr. GUPTA
Internal Medicine
17 years in practice
University of Michigan Medical School
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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

Dr. Lee Perry Dr. Perry
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
13 years in practice
Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan Dr. Srinivasan
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
48 years in practice
Andhra University, Andhra Medical College
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Do i go see an immunologist for low wbcs?

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

Dr. John Fung Dr. Fung
Surgery
35 years in practice
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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Can granulomatous inflammation been treat by immunologist?

Depends on the cause: Granulomatous inflammation is a chronic inflammatory response characterised by focal collections of macrophages, epithelioid cells and multinucleated giant cells. The causes of granulomas is quite varied, from a foreign body reaction, to infectious causes (such as tb, syphilis, histoplasmosis), to systemic immune conditions including sarcoidosis. Rx by an immunologist or infectious disease md. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey Dr. Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
44 years in practice
Washington University School of Medicine
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What is the difference between an immunologist and rheumatologist?

Little to big: I am a rheuamtolgoist, but trained in a program called clinical immunology and rheumatology. The allergists where in the program. Otherwise, in many places the rheumatology section is distinct, and there will be allergy and immunology programs. There are appreciable overlaps between what either speciality does. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo Dr. Russo
Pediatrics
21 years in practice
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
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I have a lot of background info but no room to type it. My three 1/2 yr old is being referred to an immunologist and I have ?s about current counts.

I have a lot of background info but no room to type it. My three 1/2 yr old is being referred to an immunologist and I have ?s about current counts.

Request consult: By requesting a formal consult, you will be able to video consult or download pictures for a more complete evaluation and answer. We are unable to view records or pictures in this forum. Hope we can help you soon! ...Read more

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Dr. Irving Harper Dr. Harper
Internal Medicine
31 years in practice
The Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
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Should I see an Immunologist if I get sick after being in large grps or around chldrn w/ runny noses, & rather than a few days it takes wks to recover?

Yes: If this is a persistent pattern that you have noticed for years, you should first see your primary care doc and let her exam you and do some initial labs. If that does not answer the questions, your doc will refer you to the appropriate professional ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Murphy Dr. Murphy
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
25 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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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

Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter Dr. Baxter
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
38 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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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

Dr. Harold Kim Dr. Kim
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
24 years in practice
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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

Dr. John Overholt Dr. Overholt
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
22 years in practice
East Tennessee State University James H. Quillen College of Medicine
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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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Dr. Sue Ferranti Dr. Ferranti
Internal Medicine
25 years in practice
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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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Dr. Matt Wachsman Dr. Wachsman
Internal Medicine
32 years in practice
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My immunologist said that my slightly low IgA may be caused by my chronic stress. She said cortisol decreases IgA production. True?

My immunologist said that my slightly low IgA may be caused by my chronic stress. She said cortisol decreases IgA production. True?

True.....: and there is a pretty wide range on IgA in the normal category. There is a specific disease when the IgA is ZERO, but :"low" is not "zero" and "low" is not associated with significant problems. and yes, stress (especially day/night shift changes) alter hormones and might reasonably lower IgA levels. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20496079 but... in the one study, the OPPOSITE was found ! ...Read more