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    Peanut Allergy FAQs

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Question: If you are allergic to peanuts, are you also allergic to tree nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pecans and cashews?
    Answer: Peanuts are legumes (beans), not tree nuts. Most often, you are allergic to one or the other, but usually not both. In some cases, you can be allergic to both tree nuts and peanuts. 

    Question: Is strict avoidance of the food allergen the only way to prevent a reaction?
    Answer: Yes. However, Allergy & Asthma Specialists offers peanut sublingual immunotherapy. Peanut extract drops are placed under the tongue to decrease the risk of serious reaction with accidental exposure to peanuts. 

    Question: How soon after exposure to a food allergen do symptoms appear? 
    Answer: Symptoms appear within a few minutes to one-and-a-half hours after exposure. A second wave of symptoms can start 2 to 4 hours later called the late phase reaction.

    Question: How much food does it take to cause an allergic reaction? 
    Answer: The smallest amount of food can cause an allergic reaction. In some cases, highly allergic individuals just simply need to touch or be around the food to have an allergic reaction. This is the reason airlines had to stop serving peanuts in flight. 

    Epinephrine Auto-Injector FAQs

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Question: Should an epinephrine auto-injector be carried by everyone who has a food allergy?
    Answer: Yes. Epinephrine is the only medication that can stop a serious or life threatening allergic reaction.

    Question: What should someone do after they have been injected with epinephrine in response to an allergic reaction?
    Answer: Go to the Emergency Room immediately for further evaluation. Call 911 if necessary. 

    Toys for Tots 2014

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A&AS collects over four dozen toys and donates $1,000 to Toys for Tots.  Dr Mark Posner hands over a check to two representatives from the Marine Corp.  

    Understanding Common Allergies

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Some people suffer from allergies at certain times of the year. Others suffer throughout the year. 

    Keep reading to learn more about common allergies so you can determine when to see an allergy doctor:

    Pollen Allergies

    Pollen is one of the most common allergens that affect people who live in all kinds of climates. If you are allergic to pollen and come into contact with it, you probably experience a runny nose or itchy, watery eyes. If over-the-counter medications do not help to alleviate your symptoms, you should schedule an appointment with an allergy doctor to identify your allergy triggers.

    Dust Mite Allergies

    Pollen allergies are seasonal and affect you outdoors. Allergy to dust mite can occur year round. These microscopic organisms exist in house dust and might cause allergic reactions throughout the year. If you are allergic to dust mites, you might experience similar symptoms as you would with the pollen allergies. You can cover your mattresses, pillows, and box springs with special dust mite covers. Make an effort to wash your bedding every week in hot water and wet dust frequently. Talk to your allergy doctor about your symptoms so he or she can help you find some relief.

    Mold Allergies

    Mold grows in wet, dark areas like the basement or the bathroom. Outside mold is present in grass fallen leaves. Have your leaves removed from the yard. If you have a mold allergy and are exposed to this fungus, you might experience excessive sneezing, congestion, and coughing. Keep your windows and doors closed, and keep the moist places in your home well ventilated to reduce your risk for coming into contact with mold.

    Fellowship trained, board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, option 2.

    Do you have a sinus, ear or lung infection more than 3 times per year?

    Last updated 2 months ago

    People who have an Immune Deficiency cannot fight off infection. If you get infections more than 3 times per year, it might be a sign that you have Immune Deficiency. 

    It Creates a Variety of Symptoms

    Some people with Immune Deficiency have recurrent pneumonia, ear infections, or sinusitis. They might also need multiple courses of antibiotics just to clear up ordinary infections. Immune Deficiency can lead to poor growth or weight loss. It can also cause swollen lymph glands, an enlarged spleen, or chronic rashes. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see an allergy doctor.

    It Can Be Treated Once It Is Diagnosed

    When you visit your allergy doctor, he or she will take a detailed family and medical history as well as information about your daily environment. The doctor will also give you a physical examination and, if appropriate, a series of skin tests to see if you are allergic to anything. Once the doctor knows what is causing your issues, he or she might prescribe some antibiotics, an antibiotic prophylaxis, or an immunological replacement.

    It Can Be Managed

    Once you know that you have an Immune Deficiency, there are ways that you can manage the condition. It is important to make an effort to avoid infections. Try not to come into contact with people who are sick or people who have gotten live vaccines within the last two weeks. If you do develop an infection, you should visit your doctor as soon as possible to get treatment.

    Fellowship trained, board certified allergists/immunologists comprise the entire physician staff of Allergy & Asthma Specialists. Allergy doctors at this premier medical practice provide comprehensive allergy and asthma diagnostics and state of the art treatment, including two types of immunotherapy, at offices located in center city Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, and Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Schedule today online at www.AllergyandAsthmaWellness.com or by calling 1-800-86COUGH, option 2.

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