Immunology is the study of the immune system and the medical science practiced by allergists and asthma doctors. An allergy arises when your immune system fails to respond correctly to an external irritant like pollen. Asthma can result from an allergy. But you can find an allergy doctor and an asthma doctor in Midtown, Manhattan, or Downtown Brooklyn at Century Medical and Dental to treat your symptoms. You can even have your child treated by a pediatric immunologist.
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Immunology studies your immune system, including how it functions and why it sometimes fails. Your immune system is what keeps you healthy in a world full of diseases and pathogens. If you have an allergy or asthma, your immune system has failed to protect you.
The science of immunology really took off in the late 19th century when germs and other pathogens were found to cause diseases. Today, medical researchers have identified four types of disease-causing pathogens:
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Allergy Doctors and Asthma Doctors Are Immunologists
An allergist or asthma doctor has to complete the same education and training. Both become immunologists. After college, your allergy doctor must:
- Graduate from a four-year medical school;
- Gain experience during three years of hands-on training in pediatrics (if he wishes to become a pediatric immunologist) or internal medicine;
- Get certified by the American Board of Pediatrics or the American Board of Internal Medicine;
- Undertake a two-year fellowship program in their specialty;
- Pass the examination of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology;
- Get a license to practice in the State of New York.
Detecting and Fighting an Allergy
When you have an allergy, it means your immune system has targeted an external element, like pollen or pet dander, as a threat that’s not really dangerous. As a result, you have allergy symptoms, the most common of which are:
- Itching or rashes;
- Excessive mucus in your nose or eyes;
- Trouble breathing.
You can get help from a Midtown Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn allergy doctor at Century Medical and Dental. Allergists have developed allergy skin testing, a form of diagnostic procedure to determine the type of allergy you have. The suspected external material is applied to your skin in these tests. If it causes a reaction on your skin, your allergy doctor has found the source of your allergy.
Allergy testing in Brooklyn and Manhattan and treatment for children by a pediatric immunologist is especially useful, as children tend to be more sensitive to pathogens and allergies than adults. Once an allergy is identified, your pediatric immunologist can treat the symptoms.
Asthma Is an Allergic Reaction
While most people are only irritated by allergies, others suffer greatly. Asthma is a prime example. Symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, and restricted breathing mimic an upper respiratory infection; tests determine the actual cause. Asthma is a type of allergy in which the external element causing the symptoms enters your body through your nasal passages and reaches your lungs.
Asthma has no known cure currently. Symptoms can be mild or severe. Visit your asthma specialist in Downtown Brooklyn or Midtown Manhattan for allergy testing and treatment for children and adults. Asthma doctors have developed a range of effective treatments, and they can work within your lifestyle so you’re not limited in what you can do day-to-day.
Treatments for Asthma and Other Allergies
If you have an allergy with symptoms bad enough to affect your everyday life, visit your allergist in Downtown Brooklyn. Your doctor may perform allergy skin testing, also called diagnostic skin testing, to find the source of your allergy. Once an allergic reaction is identified, your doctor has several treatments available:
- Lifestyle change. If possible, the easiest treatment is to avoid whatever is causing your allergic reaction. In case of a severe reaction, you may need to start carrying an epinephrine shot, such as an EpiPen.
- Immunotherapy. This treatment involves therapeutic injections or sublingual medicine.
- Medications. Over-the-counter or prescription-strength drugs can alleviate your symptoms. You may opt for pills, liquid, eye drops, or nasal spray.
If you or your child have asthma, you may still need allergy testing and treatment. Diagnosis may include allergy skin testing, imaging, and other tests. Once your diagnosis is confirmed and classified —from mild intermittent to severe persistent — you’re provided treatment, such as:
- An inhaler with corticosteroids. This treatment may take several weeks to begin working, but it is a low-risk option that is safe for long-term use.
- Other inhaled medications. Salmeterol, formoterol, and drug combinations made just for you can help you breathe easier.
- Oral medication. These drugs can relieve your symptoms for up to a day.
- Nebulizer treatments. These misting devices deliver short-term relief of your symptoms.
- Allergy shots. This and other allergy treatments may help your asthma symptoms.
Century Medical and Dental Center’s asthma and allergy doctors have years of experience, skill with all kinds of immunology issues, and access to the latest technology available.