Qualities to Look for In an Allergy Doctor
Whether you have bothersome seasonal allergies or life-threatening reactions to certain substances, it’s important to choose the right allergy doctor. The right allergy doctor will evaluate you and your symptoms thoroughly and develop an individualized treatment plan that suits your unique needs. Here’s a look at some of the considerations that should factor into your selection:
Licensure and Certification
Your allergy doctor should hold the necessary licenses and be board-certified in the allergy and immunology fields. Ask the doctor if he or she has been certified by the American Board of Allergy & Clinical Immunology, and whether he or she holds any other certifications. For example, some allergists are also board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
Range of Services
Choose an allergy doctor who offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic exams and treatment options in a state-of-the-art facility. Allergists should offer skin testing, lung function testing, and individualized treatment plans that may include immunotherapy and aspirin desensitization.
Each staff member at the allergist’s practice should welcome your questions and thoroughly answer them to your satisfaction. You should also consider choosing a practice that streamlines the process of making appointments and renewing prescriptions by offering online requests.
Ask the allergist about his or her service record and professional experience. You might also consider visiting the practice’s website to read patient testimonials.
Location is another key factor when choosing an allergy doctor. Consider choosing a practice with multiple locations for your convenience.
Talk to the allergy doctor about his or her approach to patient care. You should get the sense that the doctor truly cares about each patient’s wellbeing and is dedicated to upholding a high standard of care.
Board-certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state-of-the-art treatment—including two types of immunotherapy—at offices located in Center City Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule an appointment online or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.