Please Note: All Allergist Appointments Require a Referral From Your Family
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Need to find an allergist? Look no further. Use our easy search tool to find an allergy specialist near you today.
Simply enter your zip code or location. You’ll then find a list of allergists nearby, also displayed on our map. Use the filter to narrow down your search. Just tell us how far you’re prepared to travel – from 10 to 75 miles. You can also look for an allergy specialist with a specific interest. Or tick the telehealth option to narrow down your search to allergy specialists who offer video calls.
The search results give you each allergy specialist’s contact details and tells you how far away they are. You can click through to their website and get directions to their allergy clinic from where you are. If it’s an option they offer you can even book a video appointment.
Allergies can affect anyone, of any age, gender, race or income. Even mild symptoms can have an impact on daily life; a severe reaction may be life-threatening. You don’t have to struggle with your symptoms alone.
There are two main reasons to find an allergist. You don’t know what’s making you feel unwell and want to find out.
Or you have a diagnosis but your allergy is not under control. Maybe you want to find out more about expert care and treatment options such as allergy immunotherapy.
Our quick online checker can help you figure out if your allergies are getting on top of you. You might need an allergist appointment if any of these apply:
Have you ever needed emergency treatment for your allergies? If so, this could be a good time to see an allergist.
Allergists are doctors specially trained to diagnose and treat health problems caused by an overactive immune system. In allergy your immune system mistakes a normally harmless substance for a threat and reacts in defense. Your body releases chemicals including histamine making you feel unwell. An allergist will assess your symptoms, your medical history and your family's medical history. They may also give you an allergy test to help make the diagnosis. The allergist may then provide you with a treatment plan.
These specialities overlap. An allergist is a physician specially trained to identify allergic triggers and treat all types of allergies. An allergy can be a complex condition and may affect different areas of your body. An allergist can also prescribe the full range of treatment options from short-term medication to allergy immunotherapy.
An ENT specializes in medical conditions of the ear, nose, throat and neck. Respiratory allergies might cause symptoms in your airways, nose and throat. If you’re seeing an ENT specialist, allergy testing may be part of their diagnostic process. They may even suggest allergy immunotherapy.
Dermatologists specialize in diagnosing and treating skin conditions including those caused by allergy. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It's where allergy symptoms often show after contact with trigger allergens. Dermatologists may refer their patient to an allergist for further testing and to make the diagnosis. It would also be the allergist who prescribes treatments such as allergy immunotherapy if appropriate.
All allergists are qualified to treat anyone but some choose to specialize in treating children.
The care of children with allergies can present particular challenges which pediatric allergists will come across every day. They know how to make examinations easier for young patients and how to tackle psychological issues that might arise. Children sometimes struggle to take part fully at school or manage friendships because they feel different from their peers. A pediatric allergist will also provide support to parents as they care for their allergic kids.
Use the filter in our online Find a Doctor tool at the top of this page to narrow your search down to pediatrics.
Online meetings and video conferencing have become part of everyday life in recent times. But it’s not new for many doctors. The first virtual consultation happened over 40 years ago using interactive television. Allergy is now one of the top medical conditions where patients receive medical care over the telephone or online. That’s why we offer it in our search tool.
The allergist may use a virtual first appointment to get information about your symptoms and background. Many allergies are environmental so it’s often helpful to offer them a video tour of your home, for them to assess your environment. The allergist doctor can then schedule an appointment for an allergy test if necessary. Routine follow-up visits to check how the treatment is going may also happen online or on the phone. Doctors can even use remote devices to monitor a patient at home. Telehealth doesn’t replace in-person consultations. But you should find it means fewer trips to the allergy specialist, saving you time even if they are nearby.
Your allergist will ask for information about when you feel bad, how often and for how long. It can be helpful to use an allergy diary. People experience allergies in different ways and that can change over time. Here are some telltale signs to look out for:
Pollen, dust mites, pets or mold can all make you feel as if you’ve got a cold. You might notice a stuffy, runny or itchy nose, coughing and sneezing, and itchy, red or watery eyes. Sometimes you may even get a tight chest and wheezing. Dust mites can also cause get skin reactions, rashes and eczema..
Diarrhea, bloating, skin reactions, itching and, in severe cases, a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Pain, redness, swelling, flushing, hives and itching. May even cause a life-threatening allergic reaction.
Your allergist will often suggest an allergy test as a first step. It helps narrow down which triggers could be causing your allergy and rule others out. Let’s look at the two main types of test.
This involves putting a drop of fluid containing an allergen on your forearm or back. Then the allergy doctor pricks the skin. A positive result depends on the size of the bump that appears. It should be similar to a mosquito bite. The test takes about half an hour.
The alternative is an allergy blood test. The blood test looks for antibodies produced when you meet a particular allergen. Blood is usually taken at the allergy clinic and then sent to a lab for analysis.
It depends on your diagnosis. Standard medications people use to relieve symptoms in the short- term include antihistamines, corticosteroids and decongestants. Many are available as over-the-counter medications from the pharmacy. But if those aren’t working for you your allergist can prescribe stronger versions. Or they may suggest allergy immunotherapy. This treatment aims to reprogram your immune system so it doesn’t see your trigger as a threat anymore. This greatly reduces your allergy symptoms and can bring long-term relief.
Allergy immunotherapy isn’t right for everyone. But It could be an option if your allergies are not under control or you find it impossible to avoid the allergen.
It depends on your allergic trigger. Immunotherapy is available for allergies to for example:
There are several types of allergy immunotherapy: tablets under the tongue or injections under the skin. All involve a course of treatment lasting about three to five years.
Health insurance tends to cover allergy treatment at an allergy center or allergy clinic but you may need a referral. Take time to read your plan before you schedule an appointment. Or call your provider if it’s not clear. You’ll want to know if the plan covers every type of allergy testing and treatment. And how often you’ll be able to see the allergist. Check to make sure your health insurance will pay for telehealth services too.
We hope our Find a Doctor tool has been helpful in your search for an allergist. If you know someone else who may be struggling with allergy, why not recommend it to them. You can also share your story on our Facebook page or send us an email and tell us what you think.