Choosing the right allergist or immunologist is an important decision for anyone with allergies or other immune system issues. The wrong doctor could leave you feeling worse than when you started or could make you feel like something more could be done to help manage your allergies.
The right allergist or immunologist can help get your allergy symptoms under control and improve your quality of life, all while making you feel comfortable – which to any allergy sufferer makes a world of difference.
Here are 3 tips to keep in mind when selecting an allergist or immunologist for your allergy treatment:
#1 Consider The Location of the Allergy Clinic
You want an allergist or immunologist whose clinic is conveniently located. You can find out which doctors are near you by searching “allergy doctor near me” or “allergist in Georgetown, TX’ in Google. Once you have their location, determine if it’s going to be easy for you to make it to appointments and if parking or accessibility is going to be a problem.
#2 Consider Their Experience in Treating Your Condition
Make sure whichever doctor you choose has experience dealing with whatever condition it is that brings you there in the first place. Therefore, ask about the doctor’s experience in treating environmental allergies, such as pollen, pet dander, chemicals, mold, and latex, or allergies to food and drugs, such as fish, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, milk and soy, and penicillin and some antibiotics – depending on what your triggers are. Seeing a specialist with a wealth of experience treating your specific type of allergies will set you up for a better chance of treatment success.
#3 Check The Allergy Doctor’s Credentials
It’s important to verify a physician’s credentials before making any decisions about who will provide care for you or your family members. You want a board-certified allergist or immunologist to treat you, which means the doctor is able to provide high quality patient care that meets industry-leading standards. For allergy treatment, choose a doctor who is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy, which is a professional organization for board-certified physicians only – dedicated to advancing patient care and staying abreast of the latest research and clinical developments in allergy treatments.
While these tips are helpful, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with a potential allergy doctor. There are things you cannot assess based on a reading of a doctor’s website – such as how you feel when you are with the doctor, the friendliness of the staff, and the cleanliness of the practice. Patient experience is best evaluated through face-to-face interactions with a physician.
Experienced Allergist or Immunologist in Georgetown, TX
Dr. Scott William Franklin is a board-certified ENT doctor, with advanced training in the latest allergy treatments and membership in the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy. We perform allergy testing in our clinic and regularly treat patients with environmental allergies, food allergies, and allergies to certain medications.
In our clinic, we offer highly supportive and individualized treatments for our adult and pediatric patients and will be happy to determine the approach that works best for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Franklin, call our office today at (512) 869-0604, or use our convenient online request form.