An allergist / immunologist (commonly referred to as an allergist) is a physician specially trained to diagnose, treat and manage allergies (i.e. hay fever, cat and dog allergy dust mite allergies, and food allergies) asthma and immunologic disorders including primary immunodeficiency disorders (i.e. immunoglobulin deficiencies such as IgA deficiency or common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)). These conditions range from the very common to the very rare, spanning all ages and encompassing various organ systems.

After completing medical school, allergists undergo three years of residency training in internal medicine or pediatrics and pass the corresponding board exams.

Internists and pediatricians interested in becoming an allergist / immunologist have at least an additional two years of study, called a fellowship, in an allergy / immunology training program.

Allergist / immunologists listed as ABAI-certified have successfully passed the certifying examination of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI). Many of these individuals have achieved the rank of Fellow within the AAAAI. When you see “FAAAAI” alongside the designation of “MD” you know that your allergist / immunologist has met many of the highest standards in the field.

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