What type of doctor do you see for allergies?
A few different types of doctors may be able to help when you are seeking care for your allergies, but typically you will see an allergist, which is a doctor trained specifically in diagnosing, treating, and managing allergies. Sometimes an allergy can be sudden and onset with very serious symptoms, such as shortness of breath, in which case it’s crucial that you seek immediate medical attention. In that scenario, you’ll likely see an emergency physician, and then follow up with an allergist and/or your primary care provider.
Can you see an allergist without a referral?
This may depend on a variety of factors, but in some cases you do need a referral from your primary care provider to see an allergist. However, at Restore Health Urgent Care, we can provide an appointment with an allergist without a referral. We’re proud to offer this service, as sometimes, getting in to see an allergist can be a time consuming and confusing process. If you’d like to see an allergist and want to know how to get set up with one of ours, please feel free to contact us for more information.
What does an allergist do on a first visit?
This may depend on both the allergist, and your unique situation. However, typically on a first visit, the allergist will want to know the reason for your appointment, including your suspected allergy (or allergies), your symptoms, and the circumstances around your allergic reaction or outbreak. They will also probably want to get a sense of your personal health history, including whether or not certain allergies run in your family. In this case, it’s a good idea to have this information on hand to tell the allergist.
Depending on the information you provide, the allergist may also want to follow up with testing. There are various ways to test for allergies, but the most common one is known as a skin prick or skin test, in which a small amount of the allergen (or allergens) in question are placed under the skin, in order to stimulate a potential reaction. If there is an allergy, typically a red, welt-looking mark (commonly called a wheal) will emerge, indicating the presence of a reaction. This will help the allergist confirm what your exact allergies are. After this, you may discuss treatment, and how to avoid or manage triggers in your environment or lifestyle. If further care and follow up is needed, the allergist will help guide you with the right information.
What are the benefits of seeing an allergist?
At worst, allergies can be life threatening and have serious implications on your long-term health, and at best, they can be disruptive to your daily life, and require ongoing management and care. Seeing an allergist will help determine the exact cause of your allergies, how to manage them, and how to incorporate allergy care into your lifestyle. In some cases, you may need regular appointments and checkups with an allergist, so it’s important to find one that can get to know you, your health history, and your life situation.
Allergies can be tricky, in that they can appear at various stages of life, diminish at others, or need a change in treatment and management in order to stay under control. This is why having a rapport with an allergist that knows you and your unique situation is important. Allergies are also quite common in children, and many children will be referred to an allergist from their pediatrician. Seeing an allergist to help manage your child’s allergies can be an important source of information and support. At Restore Health Urgent Care, we are happy to provide these services to help care for and manage your allergies.