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Allergy & Asthma Specialists SM is a dynamic, state of the art Allergy/Clinical Immunology practice established in 1989. We promise to provide to our patients the most scientifically advanced allergy and asthma care in a personal, thorough, considerate and efficient environment in order to obtain the best possible health for every patient.

A Closer Look at Oral Allergy Syndrome

Oral allergy syndrome, or OAS, describes a reaction that allergic rhinitis sufferers experience when eating certain foods. Although most people don’t think about the foods they are eating when they have allergic rhinitis, there actually is a close connection for many allergy sufferers. If you think you could be suffering from OAS, talk to your allergy doctor to find out if you are experiencing cross-reactivity. Here is what you need to know about OAS.

What is OAS?

If you have allergic rhinitis, you may notice that your mouth or throat feels scratchy when you eat apples or celery. This reaction is a symptom of OAS and occurs because the proteins in certain fruits and vegetables mimic the proteins in pollen. Therefore, if you experience an allergic reaction to pollen, you could experience a similar reaction when you eat foods that contain that protein. This kind of reaction occurs in up to 75% of adults who are allergic to birch tree pollen.

What are the symptoms?

Most OAS symptoms are mild and involve itching and small amounts of swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, and throat. These reactions may occur as soon as you come into contact with the fruits and vegetables that trigger your symptoms, or they may occur up an hour later. In rare cases, people with OAS experience anaphylaxis, which requires immediate emergency attention.

What are the treatment options?

The best way to avoid OAS is to avoid the foods that trigger your symptoms. Because the reaction only occurs with raw food, cooking the fruits and vegetables can help. In some cases, your allergy doctor may recommend medications or allergy shots, if your symptoms are severe.

If you think you could be suffering from OAS, make an appointment with an allergist at Allergy & Asthma Specialists for diagnosis and treatment. To schedule a visit with an allergy doctor in Doylestown, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Bluebell, Lansdale, Jenkintown, Pottstown, and Collegeville, dial (800) 86-COUGH, extension 2.

Dining Out Despite Food Allergies? Get This App First

When you have food allergies, dining out can be a minefield instead of a good time. Now, thanks to the AllergyEats Android app, you can finally order with confidence in a restaurant and enjoy the experience.

AllergyEats is a crowd-sourced app that collects information about how accommodating restaurants across the country are to food allergy sufferers. Find out about experiences other allergy sufferers have had at the restaurants you want to try and discover which ones to avoid. Add your own experiences into the app to let other allergy sufferers know where to go for a good meal that is also safe.

From food allergies to asthma, Allergy & Asthma Specialists sets the gold standard for care. To schedule a visit with an allergy doctor in Doylestown, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Bluebell, Lansdale, Jenkintown, Pottstown, and Collegeville, dial (800) 86-COUGH, extension 2.

Dining Out Despite Food Allergies? Get This App First

When you have food allergies, dining out can be a minefield instead of a good time. Now, thanks to the AllergyEats Android app, you can finally order with confidence in a restaurant and enjoy the experience.

AllergyEats is a crowd-sourced app that collects information about how accommodating restaurants across the country are to food allergy sufferers. Find out about experiences other allergy sufferers have had at the restaurants you want to try and discover which ones to avoid. Add your own experiences into the app to let other allergy sufferers know where to go for a good meal that is also safe.

From food allergies to asthma, Allergy & Asthma Specialists sets the gold standard for care. To schedule a visit with an allergy doctor in Doylestown, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Bluebell, Lansdale, Jenkintown, Pottstown, and Collegeville, dial (800) 86-COUGH, extension 2.

Sweets for Soldiers Update

The staff at A&AS collected 3,421 pounds of candy to send to the soldiers. Blue Bell office came in first with 1,956, Jenkintown 1250, and Collegeville at 217 pounds.

Thank you so much to everyone who helped us donate so much candy!

Could Your Symptoms Indicate Immune Deficiency?

Do you suffer from frequent infections? If so, immune deficiency could be to blame. Because immune deficiency often mimics allergy and asthma symptoms, an allergy doctor can diagnose and treat you for immune deficiency. Here is what you need to know.

There are several symptoms of immune deficiency, including having sinusitis, ear infections, or pneumonia more than three times annually and needing multiple courses of antibiotics to clear infections. Weight loss, swollen lymph nodes, chronic rashes, chronic diarrhea, and a family history of immune deficiency may also indicate a problem.

At Allergy & Asthma Specialists, we can determine the cause of your symptoms using allergy testing and begin appropriate treatment, including immunological replacement and antibiotics, and treatment of underlying conditions that make you more prone to infection, like allergic rhinitis. To schedule a visit with an allergy doctor in Doylestown, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Bluebell, Lansdale, Jenkintown, Pottstown, and Collegeville, dial (800) 86-COUGH, extension 2.

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