Immunology is a very broad branch of biological science. It is commonly defined as the study of the immune system. In medicine, an immunologist is a specialist who uses his knowledge to evaluate, diagnose and manage patients with immunological disorders like asthma, sinus allergies, sinusitis, and more. In Phoenix, immunologists who treat allergies are commonly referred to as allergy doctors.
The Role of the Allergy/Immunologist:
Unlike other types of diseases, allergic disease isn’t a condition that can “go away” easily. Some people dismiss allergies and regard them as a mere nuisance. Patients who suffer from allergies know that this condition can be debilitating and keep them from their daily routines.
An effective Phoenix immunologist diagnoses the condition and provides a management plan to help the patient manage his allergy or asthma better, reducing the number of times the patient misses school or work because he/she has to stay at home to rest. The immunologist uses different allergy tests to determine what a patient is allergic to and what triggers allergic reactions. These tests include allergy skin testing, pulmonary function testing, penicillin testing, food testing, chemical and food patch testing, and venom and stinging insect testing.
Our doctors must complete a medical degree, and then, train as a physician in either pediatrics or internal medicine. Once training has been completed, the physician must pass either the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics. To become an immunologist, a physician must undergo an additional two years of study (fellowship) focusing on immunology, and pass the American Board of Allergy and Immunology’s certifying exam.
An allergist/immunologist’s education and training doesn’t stop there. Because immunology is applied to several other scientific disciplines, new discoveries in the field are continually being made. To remain a certified immunologist in Phoenix, continued medical education is necessary in order to keep up with the latest news and remain competent in the field.
Consult our Allergy Asthma Clinics which are renowned for the quality of care:
At Adult & Pediatric Allergy Associates, P.C., patients can expect treatment from an experienced physician who is also a certified immunologist in Phoenix. Our team will come up with a plan to manage each patient’s condition after careful evaluation and testing.
When in need of comprehensive treatment options, you can rely on our dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and staff to work with you in helping you better manage your asthma or allergy concerns. By working with our certified and experienced team at our Phoenix clinic or another location, you will find out exactly the cause of your condition, what triggers your asthma or allergic reaction, and how you can effectively manage it.