Copyright 2011 Advanced Allergy and Asthma of Virginia
2819 North Parham Road, Suite 120
Richmond, Virginia 23294
5924 Harbour Park Drive
Midlothian, Virginia 23112
Phone: (804) 739-9005
Fax: (804) 739-9006
Why Choose an Allergist?
An allergist is a physician specially trained to manage and treat allergies and asthma. Becoming an
allergist requires completion of at least nine years of training. Allergists who are listed as
ABAI-certified have successfully passed the certifying examination of the American Board of
Allergy and Immunology (ABAI), following their fellowship.
As a result of this extensive study and training, the allergist is the best-qualified medical
professional to effectively manage the comprehensive needs of patients with allergic disease.
Allergists are trained in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of immune system problems such
as allergies and asthma. Unlike a cold, allergic disease is not a condition that someone can just
"get over." The help of a trained allergist can reduce how often patients need to stay home from
work or school due to symptoms. Studies show that those under the care of a board-certified
allergist also make fewer visits to emergency rooms, and are better able to daily manage their
allergies and asthma.
If you are enrolled in a managed care organization, your insurer may have a
specific set of guidelines that help your primary care physician decide when to
refer you to an allergist. Once you are referred, our office will work to accurately
diagnose your condition by taking a thorough patient history, including
information about your symptoms, family history, and home and work
Advanced Allergy and Asthma of Virginia will also conduct allergy skin testing
for inhalant allergens, food allergens, insect venom testing and any other needed
tests such as pulmonary function testing, exercise testing, and food challenges.
Combining specific information from your history and tests, Dr. Feinstein will be
able to make an accurate diagnosis. To help prevent symptoms, we will work
with you to develop an appropriate management plan and will prescribe the most
cost-effective treatment, including recommendations for particular medications
and/or devices, exercise therapy, and any needed environmental control
measures. Some patients will require allergy immunotherapy injections to
“desensitize” them thereby reducing their symptoms more permanently.