An allergist-immunologist specializes in caring for people with allergies, asthma, and other diseases of the immune system. Allergists-immunologists with a background in internal medicine take care of adults and those with a background in pediatrics take care of children. Known commonly as allergists, these specialists are highly skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of immune system disorders and in helping people take an active role in preventing and treating allergy symptoms.
An allergist typically:
Evaluates a patient’s medical history and educates patients about allergies and other immune system diseases and symptom prevention
Performs a physical exam including evaluation of allergy symptoms, breathing, blood pressure, and other vital signs
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications
Diagnoses and treats allergies, asthma, and other diseases of the immune system
Provides primary care in some cases, such as routine physicals and screening tests
Works closely with other medical specialists and healthcare providers to provide optimal care
An allergist-immunologist may also be known by the following names: allergist, allergist and clinical immunologist, allergy doctor, immunologist, asthma specialist, and allergy specialist.
There are 6782 specialists practicing Allergy & Immunology in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.1 stars. There are 1962 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Allergy & Immunology specialists, including Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Boston Children's Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital.