Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist

Treat children who have allergies to foods, animals, plants, or chemicals.
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~ $172,000

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What do Pediatric Allergist and Immunologists do?

Children are exposed to a wide variety of allergens every day. The foods they eat, the pets they cuddle, and the air they breathe can all trigger huge reactions in their developing bodies, and cause rashes, wheezing, and other nasty symptoms. A Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist can provide real help to these children. The testing a Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist performs can help parents identify the triggers, while the medications prescribed can help ease symptoms.

When you’re a Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist, the patients you see are usually referred to you by Pediatricians. These children may arrive in your office wheezing, covered in welts, or wiping their watering eyes.

At the beginning of your examination, you ask the child and the parents about symptoms. Knowing when they occur and how long they last helps you narrow down your allergen options.

Then, you ask the child to take tests with a Nurse. They may be asked to breathe into a tube, or they may be poked with needles and watched for welts. You examine all of the test results, and then explain them to the parents and the child.

Some children need counseling, and you tell them to avoid the things that cause their symptoms. Others need periodic shots made up of the items they’re allergic to, and you provide those shots and monitor the children’s progress. Prescribing medications may also help, and you have many in your arsenal to choose from.

If a child in your care develops a serious reaction, you provide lifesaving treatments to help them recover, and you step up your efforts to reduce their exposure to the allergen.


Should I be a Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • Also known as: Pediatric Allergist, Pediatric Allergist/Immunologist, Pediatric Immunologist

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    Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist

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