What is an allergist? An allergist specializes in treating and diagnosing different kinds of allergies and immune system disorders like hay fever and asthma.
When to visit
When would you see an allergist? You may visit an allergist if you suspect you may be having an allergic reaction or to find out about allergies you didn’t realize you had.
What to expect
What would you expect at a visit to an allergist? The allergist may perform a skin test (a skin prick or a scratch test) or blood test (if you are taking medications that would interfere with the blood test). Once your allergist diagnoses your condition he will discuss treatment options with you. Treatment may involve medications, lifestyle modifications, or immunotherapy (allergy shots).
How often to visit
How often should you visit an allergist? The ACAAI (American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) does not have a stated recommendation for regular allergist visits. But some allergists recommend going once a year to check on your status.