Allergists (Allergy Doctors)
An allergist is a healthcare professional with specialized medical training in diagnosing and managing allergies and associated conditions. Their expertise lies in pinpointing the root cause of a patient’s allergy symptoms and administering effective medical treatment to enhance their overall quality of life.
Allergies, such as sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, runny nose, hives, itchy skin, or other allergy symptoms, may be caused by airborne allergens like pollen or pet dander; food allergies; contact allergies; or medications. An allergist will ask questions about family history and perform tests to diagnose an allergic condition.
To become an allergist, medical students must complete four years of medical school followed by a specialty fellowship in Allergy/Immunology for three additional years. During their fellowship, they gain experience in managing allergic conditions such as asthma, eczema, insect sting allergies, food allergies, and immune deficiencies.
Once training is completed, allergists can offer specialized medical care for those suffering from allergic conditions. They can also prescribe medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, or inhalers to help control symptoms and recommend lifestyle changes to reduce irritation from known triggers like dust mites or pet dander.
Allergists have the expertise to accurately diagnose and treat allergy-related illnesses so patients can get relief from uncomfortable symptoms quickly and safely without putting their overall health at risk. If you suffer from any type of allergy symptom, it is important to consult an allergy specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment for your condition.
Benefits of Seeing an Allergist
When it comes to treating allergies, seeing an allergist can be beneficial. Allergists are board-certified medical doctors with specialized training in diagnosing and managing allergic diseases. An allergist is specially trained to review your complete medical history and to evaluate you for any underlying conditions that may contribute to your symptoms. They will then assess the severity of your allergy and recommend the best course of action for effectively treating it.
A board-certified allergist has the expertise and resources necessary to diagnose, treat, and manage all types of allergies, including skin allergies, food allergies, asthma, hay fever, drug allergies and more. Seeing an allergist will allow you to receive expert care tailored specifically towards relieving your symptoms and improving your quality of life.
In addition to providing diagnosis and treatment options for allergy sufferers who visit their practice, a board-certified allergist can also provide recommendations for lifestyle changes or treatments that may help alleviate symptoms or prevent future reactions from occurring. This may include avoiding certain triggers, managing stress levels or taking preventive medication if needed.
An allergist can also work with your primary care physician or specialist doctor on coordinating any additional treatments such as allergy shots that may be required in order to improve outcomes over time. Allergists are dedicated to helping individuals suffering from allergy-related conditions find effective relief so they can lead healthier lives.
Types of Allergies and medical records
In Becker ENT & Allergy, we specialize in diagnosing and treating a wide variety of allergies, from skin allergies to food allergies, asthma, hay fever, drug allergies and more. Additionally, we can review your medical records to help provide an accurate diagnosis.
Diagnosing and Treating Allergies
Allergists are trained professionals who specialize in diagnosing and treating allergies. The process of diagnosis typically begins with a detailed medical history, which includes questions about symptoms, possible triggers, and any previous tests or treatments that may have been done. After this, physical exams may be used to help diagnose the condition. This could include a skin prick test, blood tests, or even specialized lab testing depending on the severity of the allergy.
Once the allergist has identified what is causing the allergic reaction, they can develop a treatment plan to reduce and manage symptoms. This could involve lifestyle modifications such as avoiding certain triggers or taking medications like antihistamines or steroids depending on the severity of the allergy. Allergists may also recommend immunotherapy (allergy shots) for severe cases to desensitize an individual to their allergen over time.
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If you suffer from allergies or suspect that you might have developed an allergy, meeting with an allergist or a pediatric allergist at Penn Medicine Becker ENT & Allergy can help you get the answers you’re looking for and get you on a path toward improving your long term quality of life. We offer expert diagnosis and treatment for patients with a range of allergies. To schedule an appointment, contact our telemedicine doctor today.
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Our skilled staff at Penn Medicine Becker ENT & Allergy includes asthma and allergy specialists, including pediatric allergists at our various locations.
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Prior to joining the Penn Medicine Becker ENT & Allergy family, Dr. Kathryn Edwards completed a 16-year career with the United States Army, serving military families as an Allergist specialist. Specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of seasonal and environmental allergies, skin conditions, asthma, and food allergies; Dr. Edwards an East Windsor ENT specialist brings her extensive Allergist knowledge to our Robbinsville and Princeton offices.
Dr. Edwards performed her undergraduate studies at the University of Delaware and then proceeded onto these next accomplishments:
- Joined the United States Army
- Attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
- Completed a Pediatric residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center where she a Board Certified Pediatrician
- Used her specialties while being deployed to Iraq to care for those in harm’s way
- Was selected into the highly competitive Allergy and Immunology fellowship program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
- Included training at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Served as assistant chief for several years
- Served as chief of Allergy/Immunology for her final 3 years in the military
- Received a B.S from Widener University where she conducted research in diabetes.
- Received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
- She has conducted quality improvement research in asthma, awarding her state honors and acquired a grant for an educational initiative on hereditary angioedema, a rare swelling disorder.
- Member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the American College of Physicians, and the American Medical Association.
- Published author, having presented at both national and world allergy conferences.
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