"I have been to her twice and she does not listen to what you say. I specifically said what kind of medication I did not want and that's what she insisted on the recommended to come in weekly for shots, who has time for that when you work full time and have 3 kids under 5. I had an allergic reaction to a mediation she prescribed and she refused to allow me to try another one without coming in to see her so now I am left to suffer through severe allergies."
"I have been going to Dr. Ching for over two years for allergy shots. During my last yearly check-up, Dr. Ching spent a lot of time talking to me about my outdoor allergies (greatly reduced to almost no symptoms since starting allergy shots in her office), food allergies (not a great concern of mine since I don't have many food allergy reactions), and even about my sleep issues and her concern for me previously taking Benadryl nightly to help me sleep. "
Immunology is the study and treatment of the immune system. This system is a complex arrangement that protects the body from foreign material and disease. If cells, viruses, or bacteria get past your skin and into your body where they can cause damage, the immune system works to find and destroy them.
If your immune system does not work effectively due to a disorder or infection, you may be treated by a clinical immunologist. Immunologists work to keep immune systems functioning as well as possible and to keep patients with weakened immune systems healthy. Some of the conditions an immunologist might treat include:
HIV / AIDS
Organ transplants, where the immune system must be suppressed to prevent infection
Primary immunodeficiencies, a number of rare disorders that make patients unusually susceptible to infections
The field of immunology has a great deal of overlap with other specialties that deal with the immune system. Specialists in immunology may, for example, treat patients with allergies or autoimmune disorders and vice-versa. The specialties related to clinical immunology are rheumatology, allergy-immunology, and infectious disease:
If the immune system is overreacting and attacking one’s own body instead of foreign material, the result can be inflammation and autoimmune disorders. Some diseases caused by an overactive immune system include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and fibromyalgia. Overactive immune disorders are most often treated by a rheumatologist.
If the immune system is misfiring and reacting to harmless material, the result is allergies or asthma. Sometimes these immune responses are so extreme that they can be life-threatening. Severe allergies can be treated by an allergist-immunologist.
Sometimes infections overwhelm the immune system. A physician who studies how the immune system responds to infection and how infections spread is called an infectious disease specialist. Infectious disease specialists may treat such serious illnesses as MRSA, lyme disease, or tuberculosis. Of all the immunology-related specialties, there is the most overlap between infectious disease management and clinical immunology because patients with weakened immune systems are more likely to catch diseases.
Immunologists treat and protect your body’s own defense system so that you can stay as healthy as possible.