Allergy Doctor in Agoura Hills
Allergy diagnosis and treatment can be complicated as there is no single test doctors use to determine the exact allergy you are suffering from. Most people would prefer seeing an allergy specialist over a general care doctor for assessment and diagnosis of potential allergies. But, who are these allergy specialists? What are they called?
Allergy doctors or specialists can be referred to as immunologists or just allergists. They are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat asthma, allergies, and immunological disorders such as primary immunodeficiency disorders. Conditions treated by these specialists range from the very common ones such as asthma to more sophisticated ones like atopic dermatitis and sinusitis.
To become an allergist in the United States, one must undergo an undergraduate course in Medicine and an additional nine years of specialized training. Usually after the student graduates with a medical degree, they undergo a three-year training program in pediatrics or internal medicine and pass either the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) or the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) exam. From there, you will have to undergo at least two more years of allergy/immunology training before becoming an allergist or immunologist.
Of course your primary care physician can diagnose allergies and administer allergy medication, but it is advisable that you visit or take your child straight to an allergist or immunologist for specialized treatment. Most allergies are chronic or life-long, meaning you will need the doctor's attention on a regular basis for the rest of your life. Allergists are more likely to have the time and facilities for such frequent appointment due to a lighter workload.
Start the management of your allergy by scheduling an appointment with an allergy doctor in Agoura Hills today. Reach us through telephone or schedule your appointment by filling out and submitting an appointment form on our website.