F. Ida Hsu, MD, is an allergist and immunologist who treats a wide range of conditions and illnesses, including asthma, allergic rhinitis, food allergies, drug hypersensitivity and hives with unknown cause. “I often approach cases as a detective would, looking for clues to an answer—sometimes obvious, and sometimes elusive,” she says. “Having suffered from hives and various allergies when I was younger, I can relate to my patients and provide practical advice.”
A clinician in medicine (immunology) at Yale School of Medicine, Dr. Hsu also is involved in clinical trials focused on finding new treatments for hereditary angioedema, a rare genetic disorder that causes swelling in the face, upper air passageways and other parts of the body.
When meeting a new patient, Dr. Hsu says, “First step first: let’s do some testing, figure out what we’re dealing with, and then we can come up with a plan to address your symptoms and get you feeling better.” Sometimes testing is not required, and she is able to make recommendations for medications or non-pharmacologic treatments to help her patients with their allergy or immunology issues.