Please Note: All Allergist Appointments Require a Referral From Your Family
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If you're bothered by allergy symptoms, a first step is to see your doctor. They can diagnose allergies, provide advice and guidance on how to manage them and discuss treatment options. If necessary, your doctor can also refer you to an allergy specialist for additional evaluation and treatment.
Use our easy search tool and map to find an allergy specialist near you today. Enter your zip code or location and check out the list of allergists nearby. You can filter your search by distance – from 10 to 75 km away. And you can tick the telehealth option to search for allergy specialists who offer online appointments.
We make it easy to find an allergist near you. Our search results give you the contact information for all the allergists in your area. Click through to their website for directions to their allergy clinic or if it’s an option they offer, you can book an online appointment.
Allergies can affect anyone, of any age, gender or race. Even mild symptoms can have an impact on daily life; a severe reaction may be life-threatening. You don’t have to struggle with your symptoms alone.
There are two main reasons to find an allergist:
Or maybe you want to find out more information about expert allergy care and treatment options such as allergy immunotherapy.
Our quick online checker can help you figure out if your allergies are getting on top of you. You might need to schedule an allergist appointment if any of these apply:
Have you ever needed emergency treatment for your allergies? If so, this could be a good time to search for an allergist nearby.
Allergists are doctors trained to diagnose and treat health problems caused by an overactive immune system. In allergy, your immune system mistakes a normally harmless substance for a threat and reacts in defense. Your body releases chemicals, including histamine making you feel unwell. An allergist will ask about your symptoms, your medical history and if allergy runs in your family. They may also give you allergy test to help make the diagnosis. The allergist may then provide you with a treatment plan.
These specialisms overlap. An allergist is a physician specially trained to identify allergy triggers and treat all types of allergies. Allergy is a complex condition that can affect different areas of your body. An allergist can also provide and prescribe the full range of treatment options from symptomatic medication to allergy immunotherapy.
An ENT is a doctor who specializes in medical conditions of the ear, nose and throat. Respiratory allergies might cause symptoms in your airways, nose and throat. If you’re seeing an ENT specialist, allergy testing may be part of their diagnostic process. An ENT specialist may suggest allergy immunotherapy.
Allergic reactions often cause skin symptoms and a dermatologist can treat them. They may refer their patient to an allergist for testing and diagnosis or for treatments such as allergy immunotherapy, if appropriate.
All allergists are qualified to treat anyone but some choose to specialize in treating children.
Pediatric allergists are experts in making allergy examinations less challenging for young patients and addressing any psychological concerns that may arise as a result of their allergies. Children swith allergies ometimes struggle to take part fully at school or manage friendships because they feel different from their peers. A pediatric allergist will also provide support to parents as they care for their allergic kids.
Use the filter in our online Find a Doctor tool at the top of this page to narrow your search down to pediatrics.
Allergy is one of the top chronic conditions where patients can get medical care over the telephone or online. That’s why we offer it in our online search tool.
The allergist may use a virtual first appointment to get information about your symptoms and medical history. Environmental factors can cause allergies, so a video tour of your home can be helpful. The allergist doctor can then schedule an appointment for an allergy test if necessary. You may be offered follow-up visits via phone or online to evaluate the progress of any treatment. Doctors can use remote devices to monitor a patient at home. Telehealth doesn’t replace in-person consultations. But you should find it means fewer trips to the allergy specialist, saving you time even if they are nearby.
Your allergist will likely ask when your symptoms occur, how often and how long they last. Keeping track of them in an allergy diary can be helpful. Everyone experience allergies differently but here are some telltale signs to look out for:
Pollen, dust mites, pets or mold can all make you feel as if you’ve got a cold. You might notice a stuffy, runny or itchy nose, coughing and sneezing, and itchy, red or watery eyes. Sometimes you may even get a tight chest and wheezing. Dust mites can also cause get skin reactions, rashes and eczema.
Diarrhea, bloating, skin reactions, itching and, in severe cases, a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Pain, redness, swelling, flushing, hives and itching. May even cause a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Your allergist will often suggest an allergy test as a first step. It helps narrow down which triggers could be causing your allergy and rule others out. Let’s look at the two main types of test:
Drops of fluid containing potential allergy triggers are placed on the skin of your forearm or back and gently pricked. If the needle prick area becomes itchy, red and slightly raised, it could mean you’re sensitized to that allergen. The test takes about half an hour.
The alternative is an allergy blood test. The blood test looks for antibodies produced when you meet a particular allergen. Blood is usually taken at the allergy clinic and then sent to a lab for analysis.
It depends on your diagnosis. Common medications that provide short-term relief from allergy symptoms include antihistamines, corticosteroids and decongestants. Many are available as over-the-counter medications from the pharmacy. But if those aren’t working for you your allergist can prescribe stronger doses. Or they may suggest allergy immunotherapy. This treatment aims to reprogram your immune system so it doesn’t see your trigger as a threat anymore. This may stop or greatly reduces your allergy symptoms and can bring long-term relief.
Allergy immunotherapy isn’t right for everyone. But It could be an option if your allergies are not under control or you find it impossible to avoid the allergen.
It depends on your trigger. Allergy immunotherapy is available for allergies to, for example:
There are several types of allergy immunotherapy: tablets under the tongue, or drops, as well as injections under the skin. All involve a course of treatment lasting about three to five years.
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