Suspected food allergies should always be evaluated, diagnosed, and treated by a qualified medical professional, such as a board-certified allergist.
What is an allergist?
According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), “An allergist / immunologist (commonly referred to as an allergist) is a physician specially trained to diagnose, treat and manage allergies, asthma and immunologic disorders including primary immunodeficiency disorders.”
What skills and training do allergists have?
The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) states: “After earning a medical degree, the doctor must complete a three-year residency-training program in either internal medicine or pediatrics. Then, an allergist completes two or three more years of study in the field of asthma, allergy and immunology. You can be certain that your doctor has met these requirements if he or she is certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.”
Ways to Find an Allergist
Here are a few ways you can go about finding an allergist in your area.
Your primary care provider may refer you to an allergist. Your health insurance company or health maintenance organization (HMO) may also have an approved list of allergy specialists.
This directory allows you to search by location or name and filter by specialty (e.g. food challenges, board certified, etc.)
Search by city or zip code for allergists and immunologists in your area. The directory also denotes Fellows who have achieved recognition as leaders in the field of allergy/immunology.
Keep in mind that it may take time to find an allergist who is right for you or your family. The information provided here is meant to serve as a resource for where to begin when seeking medical advice or attention for food allergies.