Should I see an allergist or pulmonologist?

If you suffer from asthma, allergies or other respiratory illnesses, you might already be familiar with the conditions allergists and pulmonologists treat. But is there a time when you should see one versus the other? We’ll help break down the facts so you can decide which doctor is right for you.

Pulmonologist vs Allergist

A pulmonologist is a doctor who specializes in respiratory illnesses or lung conditions. Some of the conditions pulmonologists can treat include:

Allergies have been on the rise in recent years, and it is estimated as many as 50% of children around the globe are allergic to at least one thing. Because of this, allergists are becoming more common and prominent in the medical field. 

Allergists are specially trained in immunology, because allergic reactions are usually triggered by a response from the body’s immune system. Allergists treat conditions such as:

  • Food allergies
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Certain types of sinus infections

In addition to the list of conditions above, both pulmonologists and allergists treat asthma, which is a condition where the airways swell and can produce more mucus making it harder to breathe.

Who Should I See for my Asthma?

Most often, people have a hard time deciding who should treat their asthma – a pulmonologist or an allergist, because as mentioned above, both treat this condition. 

However, when you’re looking for a doctor consider what type of asthma you may have. Is your asthma triggered by environmental factors like pet dander, pollutants, mold or even certain plants or food? If so, an allergist may be right for you. 

If your asthma is caused by other factors like stress, exercise or is made worse by other respiratory illnesses, then a pulmonologist may be a better fit.

Sometimes, allergists and pulmonologists will even work together to make sure your asthma is getting the right treatment needed.

South Texas Lung and Respiratory Care

For the best care for your allergies or other respiratory conditions, consider University Health. We are home to internationally recognized pulmonary care and are one of the leading lung transplant programs in the world.  

The South Texas Lung Center is also the first center in South Texas to earn Magnet status, a prestigious designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for providing excellent care and positive outcomes. 

For more information contact us at 210-358-3555 or visit our website.

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