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What does an immunologist do?
The immunologist deals with problems related to the functioning of the immune system, examines its malfunction and disorders (common infections, systemic autoimmune diseases).
In case of what problems should we consult an immunologist?
With symptoms suggestive of systemic autoimmune disease, such as:
- systemic autoimmune disease in the family
- polyarthritis, muscle pain, weakness
- fever of unknown origin
- prolonged fatigue, depression
- weight loss
- lymph node enlargement
- history of serous membrane inflammation (pleurisy and pericarditis)
- dry eyes, dry mouth
- sensitivity to light
- hives, aphthous mouth
- spotted hair loss
- numbness of the hands and feet
- periodic whitening of fingers (Raynaud’s syndrome)
- nervous system symptoms not otherwise explained
- thrombosis, embolism, miscarriages
- change in skin structure, becoming rough to the touch
- In case of recurrent miscarriage, infertility.
- In case of common, difficult-to-heal infections.
Melinda Szabó MD
Where can I get this medical specialty?
Common immunological tests
The most common systemic autoimmune diseases are systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren’s syndrome, myositis, scleroderma, vasculitis. These symptoms and the tests required can be very diverse. During the first consultation, after a detailed examination of the medical history and symptoms and complaints, blood sampling or consultation with other professions (cardiology, pulmonology, angiology, ophthalmology, nephrology, etc.) is required to establish the diagnosis and set the therapy.