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Appropriate diagnosis and treatment of allergies require specific IgE testing (either skin or blood tests) based on the patient’s clinical history. The use of other tests or methods to diagnose allergies is unproven and can lead to inappropriate diagnosis and treatment.
Appropriate diagnosis and treatment is both cost-effective and essential for optimal patient care.
What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Physician to Treat Your Allergies, Asthma, or Immunology Concerns
Did you know that board certified allergists have completed 4 year of medical school, 3-4 years of residency training in pediatrics, internal medicine or both, then formal training in an academic fellowship program accredited by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education), which is solely dedicated to diagnosing and managing allergic disease, asthma and immunodeficiencies?
After all this training, the allergist may then elect to achieve board certification from the American Board of Allergy & Immunology–the benchmark of expertise and professionalism in their field.
Following that many board certified allergists/immunologists elect to participate in ongoing “maintenance of board certification.”
This formal and lengthy education process is necessary to cultivate the expertise required to provide the highest-quality of care for patients with allergies and asthma. By achieving board certification, allergists demonstrate their commitment to excellence and expertise in their field, which translates to state-of-the-art, evidence-based care.
Check to see that your physician is Board Certified in Allergy & Immunology - https://www.abai.org/