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When Should You See An Immunologist
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
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
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
I have abnormally low t-proteins and globulins. I also have an autoimmune disorder. Should I see an immunologist?
Immune Deficiency: If you have a history of recurrent infections and low levels of immunoglobulins then seeing an immunologist would be warranted for further workup and evaluation. ...Read more
I've suspected some complications with my immune system, (always sick/tired) but my gp hasn't run any tests as of yet. Should I see an immunologist?
Up to you: If you truly feel you have some immune system, it would be reasonable to see an immunologist. Ask your gp first if he feels you have an immune problem and discuss your case and why no testing has been done. S/he may have an explanation for you. Best wishes. ...Read more
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?
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..
Hi, I'm a 24 /fem and over the past 4 I've gotten sick on numerous occasions (mostly bacterial). Should I see an immunologist, internal, or ID doctor?
Only: If profoundly low and you are getting recurrent infections. ...Read more
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
If still struggling with after effects of meningitis, what specialist do I see? Immunologist or infectious disease?
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
Hi doctor Sokol. My child has a lymph node that seems swollen on the lower left back part of the head. Should I see a immunologist or a hematologist?
Normal finding: This is not a chat room and your questions are sent randomly to site visitors. Lymph nodes are normal findings in kids and enlarge/shrink over a 3-4 week cycle in response to a variety of triggers. Local skin irritation, bug bites. vaccinations, infections etc. That is what they do, and there is no need to run off to a specialist. If concerned call/see the kids primary doc. ...Read more
Immunologist I have sarcoidosis, hashimoto's thyroiditis, nodular prurigo, & psoriasis. Should I see an immunologist? 67 woman w/mgus and more.
Yes.: Yes. With your medical history, seeing an immunologist would be prudent. ...Read more
Should a person without a spleen see an immunologist or infectious disease doctor for advice on a vaccine regimen?
PCP can do this: Usually the vaccine advice following a splenectomy (removal of the spleen) is pretty straightforward and involves getting a pneumonia booster shot (pneumovax). Additionally the haemophilus influenza (hib) vaccine and meningitis (meningococcal) vaccines should be given either 14 days before or 14 days after a surgical splenectomy. Your primary care provider can do this. ...Read more
My daughter hascontinuous strep infections. Her last nasal culture came back with strep A and strepoccocal pnuumoniae. Should I see an immunologist? She has also had mrsa in her nose and suffers from chronic sinus problems. Adenoids have been removed twic
Allergist/Immunologist: Would help you sort it out, history suggestive of colonization rather active infection and chronic sinusitis, allergies to environmental triggers might be the cause, as adenoids were removed twice, and can regrow, hope she is otherwise growing and developing fine. Check aaaai. Org or acaai. Org for an allergist/immunologist in your area, wish you both wellness ...Read more
Should I see an immunologist if I am frequently sick with pnuemonia, upper respiratory, bronchitis, and ear infections? How do they assess you?
Immune/Ciliary Dis.: Your symptoms and pattern of infections indicate that an immunodeficiency is a distinct possibility and a workup is warranted. A pulmonologist can help guide the work up. In addition, ciliary problems can cause these symptoms as well. A biopsy can be performed to obtain cilia which beat to remove debris from the airway to check for any problems. Prmg fax 8582599689 can review your records as well. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
Not much: These physicians are typically interchangeable as allergy is an over-vigorous immune response. Thus, an immunologist typically manages allergies. ...Read more
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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