Otolaryngologists are physicians that specialize in the treatment and management of diseases and disorders of the ear, nose, throat, and related bodily structures. Otolaryngology is recognized as the oldest medical specialty in the United States dating back to 1896. The requirements for board certification in Otolaryngology involve attending four years of undergraduate education followed by four years of medical school. Following medical school, candidates complete a 5 year residency. During Otolaryngology residency, physicians receive training in Allergy. Many Otolaryngologists choose to complete an additional 1-2 year fellowship for further specialization.
The charge to provide comprehensive medical and surgical care of patients with diseases and disorders that affect the ears, the respiratory and upper alimentary systems, and related structures of the head and neck involves dealing with a wide range of pathologies.
Allergic disorders including allergic rhinitis, allergic Eustachian tube dysfunction, eosinophilic esophagitis, and asthma all have significant impact on these organ systems. Allergy plays a significant role in sinus conditions. In order to best manage the care of these pathologies, it is important for the Otolaryngologist to identify and to manage allergic conditions.
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