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    The Doc Finder includes healthcare providers with experience with all methods of FDA-approved allergy immunotherapy, and the particular healthcare providers listed for you are located within your geographic area based on your ZIP code. While this list is updated periodically and ALK does not exclude any healthcare providers with experience with all methods of FDA-approved immunotherapy, it may not include all healthcare providers with experience with all methods of FDA-approved allergy immunotherapy in your area, and it does not include all allergy specialists in your area. ALK does not have a relationship, financial or otherwise with the healthcare providers included in the Doc Finder, except that it may provide information about allergy immunotherapy treatments to healthcare providers from time to time, and some of the healthcare providers serve as paid consultants to ALK. In particular, healthcare providers do not pay a fee to be included on the Doc Finder. There are no restrictions that would exclude a healthcare provider from continuing to be listed on the Doc Finder except that ALK may remove from the Doc Finder healthcare providers that are no longer experienced in all methods of FDA-approved immunotherapy or actively practicing. ALK imposes no restrictions on the manner in which healthcare providers provide services, and healthcare providers exercise their professional judgment to determine the best form of treatment for their patients.

    This information is not medical advice nor is it a recommendation of any specific medical product or treatment. Only your healthcare provider can determine what treatment is best for you.

    How to find a doctor near me

    Need to find a doctor? Look no further. Use our Doc Finder 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.

    Search results for doctors near me

    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 to get directions to their office 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.

    When should I see a doctor near me?
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    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:

    • Allergies are affecting your performance at work or school;
    • You’re having to give up certain activities;
    • Your symptoms are making you feel anxious or frustrated.

    Have you ever needed emergency treatment for your allergies? If so, this could be a good time to search for an allergist near you.

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    How can a doctor near me help?

    Allergists are doctors 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 ask about your symptoms, your medical history and if allergy runs in the family. They may also give you an allergy test to help make the diagnosis. The allergist will then provide you with a treatment plan.

    Doctor, ENT or dermatologist

    These specialisms overlap. An allergist is a physician specially trained to identify allergy triggers and treat all types of allergies. This is a complex condition that can affect different areas of your body. An allergist can also prescribe the full range of treatment options from symptomatic 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 immunotherapy.

    Dermatologists specialize in skin conditions. Skin is the largest organ of the body. It's where contact with allergens and allergy symptoms often happen. A dermatologist treats allergic skin conditions. They 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 immunotherapy if appropriate.

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    Should my child see a pediatric doctor near me?

    These specialisms overlap. An allergist is a physician specially trained to identify allergy triggers and treat all types of allergies. This is a complex condition that can affect different areas of your body. An allergist can also prescribe the full range of treatment options from symptomatic medication to allergy immunotherapy.

    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 allergy doctor 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.

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    Getting a virtual appointment with a doctor near me

    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 conditions where patients get 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 give them a video tour of your home. The 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.

    Symptoms to tell a doctor near me about

    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:

    Respiratory allergies

    Pollen, dust mites, pets or mold can all make you feel as if you’ve got a cold.

    Food allergies

    Diarrhea, bloating, skin reactions, itching and, in severe cases, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

    Insect venom allergies

    Pain, redness, swelling, flushing, hives and itching. May even cause a life-threatening allergic reaction.

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    Allergy testing with a doctor near me

    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.

    Skin prick test

    This involves putting a drop of fluid containing an allergen on your forearm or back. Then the allergy doctor scratches the skin. A positive is when you get an itchy red swollen patch. The test takes about half an hour.

    Allergy blood test

    The alternative is an allergy blood test. The allergist may choose this method if you have a skin condition. Or if you take meds that could interfere with skin prick test results. The blood test looks for antibodies produced when you meet a particular allergen.

    What treatments will a doctor near me prescribe?

    It depends on your diagnosis. Standard meds people use to relieve symptoms include antihistamines, corticosteroids and decongestants. Many are available over the counter 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 stops or greatly reduces your allergy symptoms and can bring long-term relief.

    Will allergy immunotherapy be right for me?

    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 trigger.

    It depends on your trigger. Immunotherapy is available for allergies to for example:

    • Tree pollen
    • Grass pollen
    • Weed pollen
    • House dust mites
    • Cats and dogs
    • Bee and wasp stings

    There are two types of allergy immunotherapy, injections (allergy shots) and tablets. Both involve a course of treatment lasting about three to five years. You can try our fact finder quiz to learn more about allergy immunotherapy, allergy shots and allergy tablets.

    Do I need a referral to see a doctor near me?

    Health insurance tends to cover allergy treatment 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’re here to help

    We hope our Doc Finder 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.

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