Problems resulting from an immune system condition may require the help of an immunologist. An immunologist can diagnose and find treatments for allergies, asthma and other immune disorders that affect both adults and children across Atlanta. If you are experiencing symptoms like frequent sinus problems, skin rashes, breathing difficulties and persistent colds, contact Dr. Chacko today.
What Is an Immunologist?
An immunologist, also called an allergist, diagnoses and treats immune system problems. Many immune system disorders result from allergies, asthma and immunodeficiency. Recurring symptoms are often caused due to contact with specific substances and managing the condition is an important part of the immunologist’s role.
An immunologist works with patients to determine the cause of their condition. The process usually involves discussing their medical history, their symptoms and any medication they are currently taking. A range of tests can then be administered to help determine a precise diagnosis. From this point, a treatment plan can be developed to improve symptoms and avoid ongoing health concerns.
When Should I See an Immunologist?
It is important to see an immunologist if you experience an allergic reaction, asthma symptoms or show signs of a weakened immune system. Some of the following symptoms indicate you should make an appointment with a local immunologist.
- Skin hives and redness
- Breathing difficulties
- Chronic sinusitis
- Nausea or vomiting
- Persistent stomach pains
- Runny nose
- Itchy eyes
These symptoms will usually occur after contact with food, pollen, mold, dust and other substances. In many cases, there will be a clear link between an allergen or other substance and the resulting symptoms. If, however, you experience tiredness and other symptoms without obvious reasons, your immunologist can help make a diagnosis.
After experiencing sinus issues, you may be wondering if you need an allergist or an ear, nose & throat specialist (ENT). An ENT doctor will primarily deal with surgical procedures of the ear, nose and throat. Your allergist/immunologist can refer you to an ENT doctor if treatment may be required.
What Are the Common Treatments Used by Immunologists?
Immune system disorders can weaken immunity to a variety of conditions. Therefore, treating the issue quickly can prevent ongoing health concerns. The many types of allergies, along with asthma and immunodeficiency issues, may require a tailored treatment plan. In practice, this might involve some of the following examples.
- Oral immunotherapy to treat food allergies
- Allergy shots to build a tolerance to environmental substances
- Corticosteroid creams and ointments for skin problems
- Antibiotics for sinus infections
- Corticosteroids to reduce asthma symptoms
Expert Care From an Experienced Immunologist
Dr. Chacko is a board-certified pediatric and adult allergist/immunologist working from locations in Alpharetta, Atlanta, Canton, Cumming, Duluth and Johns Creek. If you would like an appointment at the Chacko Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center, call (678) 668-4688 or contact us online.