to provide specialized treatment for allergic reactions and immunological diseases. Dr. Kelso treats and manages disorders such as asthma, hives, all types of allergies (food, environmental, etc.), rhinitis and sinusitis, as well as other disorders and diseases that affect the body's immune system.
The allergy/immunology medical specialty combines the care provided by an allergist with that of an immunologist. Although these fields are often combined into one and have some overlap, there are notable differences with regard to the care provided by either specialty. Due to the overlapping nature of these two specialties, many physicians who practice in this field are trained and certified in both areas, as allergists/immunologists.
Allergists are physicians who are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies and allergic reactions. These physicians are trained to evaluate and diagnose a person’s reaction to different stimuli, such as different foods, pollens, medications and so on. Allergists may prescribe medications to control the patient’s allergies, as well as educating patients on preventive measures to help control allergic outbreaks.
Like allergists, immunologists are trained to treat allergic reactions. In addition to the spectrum of care of an allergist, immunologists are also trained in the diagnosis and treatment of immunological disorders. These may include both autoimmune and immunodeficiency disorders such as multiple sclerosis and HIV, respectively. Immunologists are concerned with the functioning of the immune system as it relates to the rest of the body, and are trained to treat disorders ranging from the very common to the very rare. Physicians that are trained and certified as both allergists and immunologists are prepared to treat patients for a wide range of diseases and afflictions of the immune system, ranging from the common to the very complex.