Choosing an allergist: When, where, and how?

choosing an allergist

Choosing an allergist: When, where, and how?

If you’re one of the many people with an allergy, it can sometimes feel like a lonely struggle. Annoying symptoms, potentially on the cusp of an anaphylactic shock at the slightest mistake, can bring you down. But there are specialists out there whose job it is to help you with your allergies: allergists.

Choosing an allergist might seem confusing at first. But it doesn’t need to be. Let’s walk through it so you can get the best treatment and relief from your symptoms. 

When you need to see an allergist

The first thing to consider is if you need to see an allergist at all. Allergies aren’t curable, but there are treatments available to help you with your symptoms. If you have very mild symptoms that go away with the use of over-the-counter drugs, it could mean you’re already using the most effective treatment. But sometimes people struggle to get their allergies under control

Your allergies might be out of control if:

  • Your symptoms interfere with daily activities, keep you awake at night, or cause you to miss work or school
  • You cough or wheeze during exercise and other physical activities, or can’t exercise period
  • You have needed emergency allergy or asthma treatment in the past

These are all signs you should seek out an allergist who can help you live more at ease with your allergies. 

It might also be a good idea to see an allergist if you’re not sure if you’re allergic to something or unsure about what is causing your allergy. Allergy doctors run accurate and simple tests to find out what is causing your symptoms so you can receive the most effective treatments. 

How it works

If you think you have an allergy, you can tell your GP who will decide if you need to be referred to an allergist. However, if you seek out a private allergy doctor, you avoid lengthy waiting times and can get the most effective treatment must faster. 

A common allergy test is the skin prick test. In this, a small amount of an allergen is put on your skin. If you’re allergic, you’ll see a small, red bump appear. This test is completely safe and is, at worst, mildly irritating. A similar test is the patch test which sticks patches of allergens to your skin for 48 hours. These are used to diagnose eczema and other similar allergies.

If you’re unsure of what you’re allergic to, you can even request at-home testing kits which come through the post so you don’t have to go out of your way to get your allergies under control. This also allows you to pick the best allergist regardless of geography.

The most important thing to remember is if your allergies or symptoms are causing you pain, anxiety, or affecting your daily life, never leave them unattended. Always seek medical advice.

If you’re looking for an allergies, consider the experts at The London Allergy and Immunology Centre. We provide the best allergy testing methods and treatments available. If you want to book an appointment, just call us on 020 3143 3449.

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