Allergists receive their accreditation in two distinct ways: either by the American Academy of Allergy or by the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Both are equally well trained and proficient in treating allergies.
Your Appointment with an Allergist
Just like your appointment with your primary-care physician or any other specialist, your visit with an allergist begins by taking your medical history and conducting a thorough physical examination. The doctor should be checking for allergic reactions involving the skin, eyes, ears, nose, throat, and neck but should also examine areas affected by CAID, including your chest, heart, lungs, abdomen, and general nervous system.
Your physician should also ask you the following:
■ What is the chief (main) complaint that has brought you to the office?
■ What are the symptoms that accompany your chief complaint? How long do they last? When do they occur? When did the symptom first appear? What medicines do you take and for what problem are you taking them?
■ Have you had previous surgery? What type and when?
■ Do you have any allergies to medicines that you know about? What type of reaction did you get?
■ Do you have any seasonal or all-year-round allergies that you know about?
Next, your doctor should ask you questions regarding every system in your body: head, neck, nose, mouth, ears, eyes, chest, heart, lungs, legs, arms, back, and so on. This is called a review of systems.