Allergy & Immunology, Internal Medicine, Hospital Medicine
2201 W Chapel Avenue, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
hay fever (allergic rhinitis), food allergy, angioedema ...
"My appointment was a nightmare. The office is actually two or three difference practices combined into one small space, so it was confusing and chaotic from the start. The two ladies at the front desk were distracted, slow, and extremely disorganized. No one seemed to know what they were supposed to be doing. There was paperwork scattered everywhere. Although I arrived fifteen minutes early, I had to wait far past my appointment time to be taken back to a room.
There was a urine sample on the counter in my room when I got in. It sat there for a while until someone took it away, without a glove, and nobody disinfected the counter afterwards.
The doctor was extremely confusing. I had to repeat myself many, many times as she took notes word for word of what I said. She didn't seem to understand me. It took forever just to get the initial intake and symptoms down. Then she decided we'd do a comprehensive allergy test. I was glad that we could do it right there right away instead of having to go somewhere else and take extra time to do the test.
I got undressed from the waist up and laid down on the table. The doctor brought ten or more of the allergy tests into the room. She talked to herself and said that the tests were covered in some sticky substance. She brought three employees into my room, while I was still half naked, and told them to clean the tests. They literally SCRUBBED THE TESTS on her desk 5 feet away from me, while I was naked, as she scolded them and watched to make sure they did it right.
I was relieved when FINALLY she started the test. I just wanted it over with. It wasn't until halfway through the test that I saw her wipe her nose with her hand and noticed that she wasn't wearing gloves... as she stuck needles in my back. She never washed her hands throughout the whole process either. By this time I was super freaked out but I didn't know what to do, so I just kept waiting until the test was over and I could get dressed and get out of there.
TL;DR: The whole experience was just terrible. The office staff were all extremely unprofessional and their practices were unsanitary. DO NOT GO HERE."
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.