What is an Allergist&Immunologist


An allergist/immunologist is a physician trained to prevent, diagnose, manage, and treat allergic disease.

As a result of extensive study and training, allergists/immunologists are highly qualified to manage immune system disorders such as allergies, asthma, inherited and acquired immunodeficiency disease causing recurrent infections.

An allergist is trained to determine the cause of allergies, whether they are related to or caused by foods,

environmental factors (such as pollen), drugs, or topical substances.

Conditions that an allergist commonly treats include the following:

• Asthma

• Dermatitis

• Eczema

• Food allergies

• Hay Fever

• Hives

• Rhinitis

• Sinusitis


Allergist Educational Requirements

After completing medical school, the physician must complete 3 years of additional training in internal

medicine or pediatrics to become an allergist immunologist. Following this residency, the internist must pass the board examination of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)

or the board examination of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) prior to entering a post graduate fellowship

in Allergy and Immunology


Allergist Board Certification

The internist or pediatrician who wishes to specialize in allergy/immunology then must complete at least 2 years of study (called a fellowship) in an allergy -immunology training program. To be certified by the

American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI), allergists/immunologists must successfully pass a

certifying examination administered by ABAI following completion of their fellowship.



Allergists/immunologists take a thorough patient history, including information about symptoms; family

history; and home, work, and school environments. The allergist immunologist also may perform allergy

skin testing and other diagnostic tests.