Whether you have a skin allergy, food allergy, eye allergy, hay fever, insect allergy, asthma or one of many other allergy/immunological disorders, finding the right allergy doctor can make a world of difference in managing it. Making sense of your individual needs and finding an allergy doctor who can address them may feel overwhelming. Here, we present three steps for narrowing it down to you perfect fit.
- Make a list of referrals. There are many people who can refer you to an allergist/immunologist. The first person you should ask is your primary care physician. You can also check with your insurance company for referrals to be sure the financial side of things is taken care of. Another option is to ask friends or family with similar conditions who they see.
- Check each doctor’s credentials and experience. Once you have your list of referrals, research each doctor. Some things to consider are board certification, memberships with medical associations, whether there are any past or pending malpractice claims against the doctor and additional specializations (such as a pediatric focus). Much of this information is available online through the doctor’s website or through many state websites.
- Establish a personal rapport with your new doctor. As with many medical professionals, you will be building a years-long relationship with your allergist/immunologist. You need to be comfortable explaining problems and asking questions. You need to trust him to make the best decisions for your treatment. Additionally, you need to feel comfortable with the office staff and medical assistants.
If you follow these three steps, you will find an allergist who can guide you through the entire testing and treatment process for any allergy or immunological disorder.