An allergist/immunologist (commonly referred to as an allergist) is a physician specially trained to
diagnose, treat, and manage allergies, asthma, and immunologic disorders including primary
immune deficiency disorders. These conditions range from the very, very rare to the very common,
span all ages, and encompass various organ systems.
In the United States, becoming an allergist/immunologist requires at least an additional nine years
of training beyond a bachelor’s degree. After completing medical school, physicians undergo three
years of training in internal medicine or pediatrics and pass the exam of either the American Board
of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics. Internist and pediatricians interested in
becoming an allergist/immunologist have at least an additional two years of study, called fellowship,
in an allergy/immunology training program.
Allergists/immunologists listed as board-certified have successfully passed certifying examination of
the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Board certification ensures that the treating
physician has successfully completed all of training to be expert in the management, treatment, and
diagnosis of allergies, asthma, and other allergic diseases.
Allergy Partners physicians combine an in-depth interview, environmental exposure history, and physical examination together with specific laboratory tests to help arrive at a diagnosis. Common tests performed include allergen skin testing and spirometry, which is a test to measure lung function. Your Allergy Partners allergist will provide an individualized treatment plans focusing on environmental avoidance measures and prevention, in addition to medical treatment.
Allergists are recognized for being the expert provider of allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots and sublingual drops). Allergen immunotherapy is the only active intervention that can alleviate allergy or asthma symptoms without the use of medications.