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What is an Allergist?

What is an allergist and how are they different?

One of the frequent  concerns we hear from new patients is that  their primary care, naturopathic physician or wellness doctor could not “fix” their allergies correctly.  This is often the case because they don’t have the education or experience a true Allergy specialist would have.  To avoid this, please ensure that you are getting help from the right person. A practicing allergist in Phoenix should possess the following:


Specialized Training

The effective treatment of allergic disorders must be solidly based on advanced training. The training of an allergist involves at least 9 years of intense study-4 years of medical school, followed by 3 years of training in allergy and immunology.  Plus, an allergist sees allergies all day, every day- so they are constantly getting on the job “training” as they see new allergies  pop up, or work with new types of medicines that continue coming on the market.

Board Certified

To be board certified as an allergist, a physician first must be certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics and then certified again by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, which requires an 8-hour written examination on the anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, diagnosis, and treatment of allergic and immunological disorders.

Continuing Medical Education

Continuing medical education is essential to maintaining competence in this specialty, where advances in knowledge are proceeding at a fast pace. The allergist must spend many hours reading medical journals and attending clinical conferences. Many allergists are members of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, which helps them keep abreast of latest developments in the field.

Call Us Today for Allergy-free Living!

Looking for an allergist in Phoenix? Call us today at 602-242-4592 to schedule an appointment or to get more information. Children and adults alike can benefit from the specialized and certified medical management we provide here at Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates P.C. We also offer allergy skin testing, pulmonary function testing, penicillin testing, food testing, chemical and food patch testing, and venom and stinging insect testing.

Visit to one of our 5 Allergy Relief Clinics in the Phoenix Metro area today to  schedule your appointment.