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Do You Have a Cough That Just Won’t Go Away?

An allergist/immunologist (commonly referred to as an allergist) is a physician specially trained to diagnose, treat, and manage allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders. Becoming an allergist requires at least nine years of medical training after college.

After completing medical school, physicians must undergo three years of training in internal medicine or pediatrics and pass exams to be board certified in either internal medicine or pediatrics.

Internists and pediatricians interested in becoming allergists must attend two more years of training in an allergy/immunology fellowship program.  Once successfully passing the American Board of Allergy and Immunology exam, the physician has met all the highest standards in the field to be called a Board Certified Allergist.

You need to see a Fellowship Trained/Board Certified Allergist:

  • If you have a cough that will not go away.
  • If you experience the symptoms of a cold for more than two weeks.
  • To confirm the diagnosis of allergies or asthma.
  • To define the potential triggers of your allergic symptoms or asthma.
  • If you have had an allergic reaction caused by food, insect sting, or medication.
  • To decrease the need for daily medications to treat allergies and/or asthma.
  • Your allergies and/or asthma are interfering with your ability to fulfill your activities of daily living.
  • You are experiencing the warning signs of asthma, such as shortness of breath; wheezing or coughing often, especially at night or after exercise; or experiencing tightness in your chest.
  • To decrease the need for daily medications to treat allergies and/or asthma.
  • Antihistamines, decongestants and/or over-the-counter medications do not control your allergy symptoms, or create unacceptable side effects, such as drowsiness or nervousness.
  • Suffering from more than three ear, sinus, throat, or lung infections in a year.
  • When there is an increase of allergy symptoms after the introduction of a new pet to the home.
  • When an infant or child suffers with eczema.
  • Allergic rashes such as hives, and contact sensitivities.

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