An allergist is
a physician with advanced education and training
in the evaluation and treatment of allergy, asthma,
and immune related disorders in children and adults.
Allergists complete residency training in either
Pediatrics or Internal Medicine prior to acceptance
into an Allergy/ Immunology fellowship training
program. During the Allergy/Immunology fellowship,
the physician receives specialty training on the
performance and interpretation of allergy skin
testing, lung function studies, and formulation
of allergen immunotherapy ("allergy shots").
The emphasis of training is to identify a person's
specific allergy triggers, to help minimize exposure
to these allergens, and to develop an individualized
treatment plan including prevention, medications,
and allergen desensitization.