Monday, January 25, 2016

What is an Allergist?

An allergist/immunologist is a medical doctor with specialty training in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases, asthma and diseases of the immune system.

Most allergies are life-long, so an allergist will generally work with a patient on an ongoing basis to manage his or her condition. If new advances- like new medication, treatments, or testing- offer benefits to a patient, an allergist will likely adjust the patient's treatment.

Extensive education is needed to become an allergist. In addition to completing medical school, an allergist needs:
1. Three years of training in internal medicine or pediatrics and pass the exam of either the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) or the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP).
2. An additional two years of study in an allergy / immunology training program. 

Here is a short informative video from Pediatric Allergist Dr. Yarden Yanishevsky about pediatric allergies.

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