A specialist in medicine specifically educated to deal with and regulate the well being of a subject over allergies such as asthma and other allergies is known as an immunologist or more commonly, an allergist.
The course taken to arrive to such a discipline is a long and arduous task indeed. An allergist has to complete the usual medical school course, beyond which a narrower focus is undertaken toward obtaining the status of immunologist. Once his medical degree is obtained he then proceeds into one of two fields known as paediatrics or internal medicine. Upon completion of either one of these two fields, the physician then has the option to consider a fellowship in the field of allergy and immunology for which two years study is requisite before gaining the certification as an immunologist/allergist.
So, once certification has been obtained and the doctor is a fully fledged immunologist/allergist, he is now an expert in matters of treatment and prevention of allergy and disease. He is qualified thus to accurately diagnose issue with allergies and disease, as well as offer up solutions to prevention of allergies and disease, and the successful treatment of symptoms relative to immune system ailments like allergies, autoimmune afflictions and especially Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (or AIDS). It is an established fact that, sadly, allergies are not similar to the common cold. A person acquires and can eventually recover from the cold or flu but with allergies, the affliction lasts permanently. Thus, with the aid of a trained immunologist/allergist, symptoms of allergies that have the capacity to render a person unable to attend work, school or participate in normal day to day activities can be managed and reduced in effect so as to return a person to their normal lives and provide a greater reduction in emergency room visits.
When the patient is finally referred to the allergist/immunologist, he will begin an extensive study and review of the patient’s case history from a medical stand point to the present. Combined with a study of the family history of allergy symptoms, investigation of the environmental conditions within the patient’s home and work environment and a comprehensive evaluation of various clinically applied test results, he will be able to more properly assess and diagnose the issues and possible treatment. Ultimately, with the valued assistance of the allergist/immunologist, a more comprehensive and detailed plan of action will be developed that will enable both the physician and the patient to manage and regulate environmental conditions and allergic symptoms.
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