Specialist in Allergy: Online
Fields of expertise:
– Drug Allergy*
– Rhinitis and asthma
– Food Allergy
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Advantages of the online allergy consultation
Dr. Tito Rodríguez Bouza
Dr. Tito Rodriguez is MD from Complutense University, Spain finished his fellowship obtaining the degree of Specialist in Allergy at Ramón y Cajal Hospital.
After a 3-year research period in Harvard University (Brigham and Womens´Hospital) he achieved his PhD in Drug Allergy from Alcalá de Henares University, Spain with the maximum qualification “Cum Laude”.
During his stay at Harvard University, he completed an additional specialization in the field of drug allergy and desensitization.
Throughout his extensive career he has combined clinical and laboratory projects in order to achieve a full understanding on the immune mechanisms of Allergy, including both private and public practice. He has been the National Coordinator for Drug Allergy in the State of Kuwait, working at the largest and leading research center in the Middle East: Al-Rashed Allergy Center.
He has contributed in 2020 as an author to the world’s leading drug allergy guide, developed by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology (AAAAI).
In addition, he is member of the Spanish Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology and collaborates as a reviewer for several international research journals including the prestigious World Allergy Journal, Asian Pacific journal of Allergy and Immunology and the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: in Practice.
This medical consultation by videoconference is a health advisory service regarding allergy-related health issues and not a complete medical act.
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The online Allergy specialty is rapidly advancing in the United States, where the American Acedemy for Allergy Asthma and Imunology (AAAAI) openly recognizes its usefulness for allergy consultation, especially for long-term asthma and drug allergy consultation.
Furthermore, in this same text they recognize that studies indicate that these recommendations can be extended to the rest of the allergic diseases. It is the responsibility of the allergist to indicate if the patient can effectively benefit from telemedicine or if he or she requires a face-to-face consultation. I invite you to be attentive to our blog and I will periodically explain studies in this regard.
In my personal experience, I consider that the patients I have seen in my allergy consultation, also called allergist consultation or allergist consultation, have benefited from the following aspects:
1.- Time: Only in consultations of 30-45 minutes can patients be explained in detail their pathology.
As an example, in the well-known spring rhinitis, it is rare to see the patient who understands in relative depth why he or she has itching, mucus, congestion or knows when to use nasal steroids Vs decongestants Vs antihistamines Vs combinations of all of them. This is because in allergist offices, especially working for insurance, we don’t usually have those extra 20-25 minutes where the patient can finally understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms of their disease, in simple or complex language as required, and therefore once and for all know how to use their treatment correctly.
2.- Access to allergy specialists:
In many countries allergology does not exist as a specialty, but rather its pathologies are treated by other doctors without knowledge in many cases of profound immunology. This is because it is a relatively recent specialty since knowledge of immune cells is more recent than knowledge of what is seen with the naked eye such as lungs, nose or skin.
3.- Access to “sub-specialists
Many patients want a second opinion, and for this they look for someone specialized specifically in what affects them, such as PCN or NSAIDs allergy, chronic urticaria or spring rhinitis. This availability is not easy to find in private medicine, much less in places with a scarce number of allergists.