Allergists/immunologists are physicians specialized in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of problems involving the immune system. An allergist/immunologist is a physician certified in either internal medicine or pediatrics. They have completed an additional two years of training in allergy & immunology at an accredited training program. The allergist/immunologist, with his or her specialized training and expertise in managing allergies, allergic rhinitis, and asthma, can develop a treatment plan for each individual condition.
Board-certified allergists/immunologists have passed the examination given by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. There are currently 4,460 Board certified allergists/immunologists in the United States.
Allergists/immunologists treat patients with the following problems and/or conduct research on:
Studies show that managing allergies and asthma with the help of an allergist/immunologist can improve a patient’s overall quality of life and reduce lost work or school days that result from allergies, asthma, sinusitis and allergic skin disorders. The role of the specialist is key in helping the 50 million Americans affected by these diseases take control of their disorders.
Collaboration between primary healthcare providers and an allergy/immunology specialist can help to identify specific allergy triggers, appropriate medication, therapy and prevention strategies to minimize exposure to triggers. Primary care physicians consult with allergist/immunologists when: