According to the Arthritis Foundation, there are over a 100 different types of arthritis and more than 50 million adults and 300,000 children have some type of arthritis. Symptoms of arthritis include stiffness, pain, swelling and inability to move the joint fully.
An allergist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and other allergic diseases. The allergist is specially trained to identify the factors that trigger asthma or allergies. After earning a medical degree, the allergist completes a three-year residency-training program in either internal medicine or pediatrics. Next the allergist completes two or three more years of study in the field of allergy and immunology. You can be certain that your doctor has met these requirements if he or she is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.
Primary Immune deficiencies (PID) are conditions where the body’s immune system is missing or not working properly. Primary immune deficiency are often caused by genetic conditions and therefore run in families, however some types don’t have to be hereditary.
Dr. Julie Patel is board certified in Allergy and Immunology and Rheumatology. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Chemistry from Tulane University and her Doctor of Medicine degree from Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans. She completed her internal medicine residency, allergy & immunology fellowship and rheumatology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine.