BEST Allergists Near Me in Portland, ME

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Maninder Kaur, NP

  • Adult health
  • "Maninder was very knowledgeable and knew exactly which meds were best for me and my condition. The appointment was rapid but clear and concise. I honestly could not have been more pleased and I have saved the site on my desktop so that its handy for the future."
  • Available tomorrow
  • $5 MEDS

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Kristen Goldbach, FNP

  • Family medicine
  • "Kristen was great! I was able to get an appointment the same day and didn’t have to go into the doctor. I would definitely do this again."
  • $5 MEDS

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Nicole Baldwin, NP

  • Urgent care
  • "Nicole listened to all my concerns and answered all my questions. She was warm and reassuring and extremely professional."
  • $5 MEDS
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Dawn Drewes, APRN

  • Urgent care
  • "I felt well-cared-for by Dawn. She was friendly"
  • Available today
  • $5 MEDS

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Bridget Randolph, NP

  • Family medicine
  • "She was very kind"
  • Available today
  • $5 MEDS

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Dr. Joseph Nichols, MD

  • Family medicine
  • "Dr. Joseph Nichols exceeded my expectations! He was very attentive"
  • 5.00
  • Available today
  • $5 MEDS
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What causes allergies?

Allergies happen when your body thinks that harmless substances, like pet dander or peanuts, are actually pathogens that could make you sick. When this happens, your body prompts an immune response - which causes the symptoms like itchy eyes, itchy or runny nose, and scratchy throat that make allergic reactions troublesome.

There is a wide range of things that can cause an allergy as well as a wide range of reactions you can get as a result. You may get hives from a drug allergy, an itchy tongue from a food allergy, sneezing from a pet allergy, or a cough from a mold allergy. Allergy triggers can come in many forms such as airborne particles like pollen or dust, or as a result of a sting. Allergic reactions are one of the most common conditions allergists treat. These usually occur in the eyes, nose, throat, sinuses, lungs, and skin. Another common condition is hay fever (allergic rhinitis), which refers to allergic reactions that cause a runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, and itchy throat. These reactions are usually caused by an allergen like pollen, dust, or mold. While many conditions like hay fever are the result of seasonal allergies and occur during certain times of the year, perennial allergies occur year-round. Asthma, for example, occurs when the airways in your lungs swell and inflame, which causes excess mucus and makes it hard to breathe. Allergens and irritants can also cause skin reactions like eczema (dermatitis) and hives.

What allergy treatment options can an allergist provide?

Though it is best to speak with an allergist for medical advice regarding your particular allergy, there are a few widely accepted allergy testing and allergy services available to keep in mind when looking for an allergy doctor. These include:

  • Skin allergy test: This could be in the form of a prick test, a scratch/scrape test, a patch test, or applying the allergen directly to the skin.

  • Blood test: Sometimes a skin disease can prevent a skin test from providing accurate results. A blood test can be used to confirm a skin test result.

  • Provocation test: A test that applies an allergen in varying amounts to the mucous lining of the nose to see if you have allergies such as hay fever (allergic rhinitis).

Is there a difference between an allergist and an immunologist?

Allergists and immunologists are almost the same thing!

Allergists and immunologists are both trained in internal medicine and to diagnose and treat allergies, asthma, and other disorders of the immune system. Though allergists focus closely on treating allergic diseases, while immunologists specialize in disorders of the immune system, the two specialties have a lot of overlap. They are also certified by the same regulators--the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

What can I expect from my visit to an allergist?

Your consult is your chance to share with a doctor whatever symptoms are on your mind. You should come to your visit prepared to discuss any allergy symptoms you are having, as well as any questions or concerns you may have related to your allergy. Common symptoms include things like hay fever (allergic rhinitis), frequent runny nose or sinus infections (sinusitis), skin conditions like eczema and hives, and persistent cough. If you have visible symptoms, you can show your doctor directly. Your doctor may ask you questions about your current symptoms, such as when they started, how long they've lasted, or how severe are the symptoms. They may also ask you about your medical history and current medications.

After this initial assessment, your doctor may recommend a treatment plan. Immunotherapy is a common treatment that consists of a series of regular allergy shots that reduce chronic symptoms. The doctor could also recommend changes to your lifestyle to reduce your contact with allergens. If appropriate, your doctor may write a prescription for any over-the-counter medications needed to best treat your condition. Prescriptions are always written at the discretion of your doctor. Depending on your condition and its prognosis, your doctor may schedule a follow-up appointment.

Online allergy consults are also available through Sesame. Online allergy consults are a form of virtual care that allergists may offer patients for flexible, efficient care. During your consult, the doctor may ask you about your medical history, symptoms, and any current medications you're taking to design a treatment plan that best meets your needs. If you have visible symptoms, like a rash or hives, the doctor may ask you to position your video camera so that they can see the affected area, diagnose the condition, and recommend the next steps for treatment.

Can an allergist treat my child?

They sure can! Allergists can treat folks of all ages, and children are no different. Pediatric allergists treat a range of pediatric allergy symptoms in children, such as asthma, hives, rash, dry or itchy skin, or wheezing.

Can doctors on Sesame treat anaphylaxis or other emergency allergic reactions?

__No. If you are having symptoms of anaphylaxis, or anaphylactic shock, please call 911 immediately.

Anaphylaxis is a rare and potentially life-threatening allergic reaction caused by certain triggers like insect stings or food allergies. Common symptoms, which appear within seconds or minutes of exposure, include rash, vomiting, diarrhea, or shortness of breath. If you are experiencing any of these fast appearing symptoms seek medical attention immediately.

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