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    A&AS Presents the Fourth Annual BREATHE Allergy and Asthma Conference

    Last updated 6 hours 25 minutes ago

    A&AS Allergists are the area’s go to source for the treatment of Allergies and Asthma

    On April 4, the allergists and staff of A&AS presented the fourth annual BREATHE Allergy and Asthma Conference for primary care physicians and nurses at the Whitemarsh Valley Country Club.   Over 150 people were in attendance to hear Doctors Sandy Desai, Matt Fogg, Christine Malloy, Stan Forman, Annie Khuntia and Bill Spiegel share with primary care providers the latest and greatest in the treatment of allergies and asthma.

    Keynote speaker Montgomery County Commissioner Josh Shapiro informed the crowd of the many health care assistance programs offered by the county.   

    The staff nurses, Joanne, Kate, Ann, Ruth and Marcia held an all day hands on demonstration workshop on the use of spirometry, inhaler techniques, and skin testing procedures.

    Attendee Comment: “Conference is highly professional and exceeded expectations. Previously attended and want to come next year too!”

    Continuing Education Credit certificates were distributed to all participants at the end of the program.

    Plans are already being made for the Fifth Annual Breathe conference in march of 2015.

    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 http://www.allergyandasthmawellness.com/ or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

    The Philadelphia Center for Treatment of Aspirin Allergy

    Last updated 2 days 4 hours ago

    Aspirin, also known as salicylic acid, is one of the most common over the counter medications taken for fever, pain, and the prevention of heart disease.  For most persons with asthma, taking aspirin has no effect. However, for some persons with asthma, ingesting aspirin can cause the asthma to worsen and exacerbate nasal and sinus congestion.  

    The Philadelphia Center for the Treatment of Aspirin Allergy treats patients with aspirin allergy or sensitivity.  William Spiegel, MD, Director of the Philadelphia Center for the Treatment of Aspirin Allergy, manages the desensitization of aspirin sensitive asthmatic patients in a safe, controlled medical setting.   

     Visit our website or give us a call at (610)825-5800 for any additional questions.

    Diagnosing Vocal Cord Dysfunction

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Vocal cord dysfunction occurs when the vocal cords cannot move properly, affecting speech and breathing. Problems with vocal cord function are often confused with asthma because these two conditions cause similar symptoms. Diagnosis from an asthma and allergy specialist can determine the cause of your symptoms so you can seek effective treatment. 

    What Are the Symptoms of Vocal Cord Dysfunction?

    Vocal cord dysfunction may cause a variety of symptoms, which include difficulty breathing, coughing, wheezing, and a feeling of tightness in the throat. You may also experience involuntary changes in your voice or hoarseness when trying to speak. Because these symptoms can also be caused by allergies, asthma, inhalation of irritants, and other illnesses, you may mistake the cause of your symptoms for another condition. It’s important to visit a doctor for a diagnosis if you experience persistent difficulty breathing or changes in your throat or voice.

    How Is Vocal Cord Dysfunction Diagnosed?

    The first step in diagnosing vocal cord dysfunction is to visit your doctor and discuss your symptoms. Tell your doctor how long you have been experiencing symptoms and whether they are consistent or change over the course of the year. While allergies and asthma are triggered by environmental changes, vocal cord dysfunction causes more consistent symptoms over time. If your doctor suspects you could be suffering from vocal cord dysfunction, he may also recommend a diagnostic test such as spirometry or laryngoscopy. Spirometry testing measures your ability to inhale and exhale air. It is a common diagnostic tool used to evaluate asthma and the efficacy of treatment. A laryngoscopy exam uses a small, flexible camera to view your vocal cords from inside your throat. This painless exam can expose issues with the vocal cords that will lead to diagnosis and treatment of vocal cord dysfunction.

    Allergy & Asthma Specialists offer diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma, and lung function at eight convenient locations throughout King of Prussia. Call us today at 1 (800) 86-COUGH to find out more about your treatment options. You can learn more about the conditions we treat by reading through our blog.

    Caring for a Child with a Peanut Allergy

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Peanut allergies are a type of food allergy that can cause severe symptoms in some children. Understanding how to avoid triggering a peanut allergy and what to do if serious symptoms occur will ensure your child remains healthy and safe. If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s allergy or treatment, contact your allergist for more information.

    Check Food Labels

    In addition to avoiding foods made with peanuts or peanut products, children with more severe allergies should also avoid foods that are processed in the same facility as peanuts. Food manufacturers are required to state if their products are made in a facility that also processes common allergens such as milk, soy, and peanuts. Always check the labels on any food you buy for this warning.

    Inform Other Caretakers

    It’s important for your child’s school, day care, or other caretakers to know that your child has a peanut allergy. Notify a teacher or day care worker so he knows not to allow your child to eat foods that may contain peanuts. If a party or class trip is planned, provide the school or day care with a pre-made lunch or snack item to ensure your child has something safe to eat.

    Carry Epinephrine

    Your child’s allergy doctor can provide you with a prescription for an epinephrine auto-injector in case of a severe reaction. Always carry the auto-injector with you, and provide your child’s teacher or other caretakers with one as well. In the event of an emergency, use the auto-injector immediately and call 911—using the injector is not a substitute for medical care. Keep in mind that epinephrine will expire and your child’s auto-injector will need to be replaced periodically to ensure it will be effective.

    If your child suffers from a peanut or other food allergy, Allergy & Asthma Specialists can help. We offer treatment and lifestyle counseling for patients with severe allergies to ensure they remain happy and healthy for life. Click through our website or call

    1 (800) 86-COUGH to learn more about allergy treatment in King of Prussia.

    A Look at Allergy & Asthma Specialists' Center for Integrative Medicine

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Are you looking for integrative therapy options that treat not only allergies and asthma, but your total body and spiritual health as well? Allergy & Asthma Specialists’ Center for Integrative Medicine offers integrative, holistic, and alternative treatment options focused on integrating total body wellness and improving allergy and asthma symptoms. Dr. Sandhya Desai, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, is board certified in both allergy treatment and integrative and holistic medicine. Our personalized approach to treatment assesses each patient’s needs and desires to create a tailored program that improves physical health and spiritual wellbeing. The goal of your treatment at the Center for Integrative Medicine is to incorporate every aspect of your treatment into a complete lifestyle that has beneficial properties in all areas of your life.

    If you would like to learn more about integrative treatment options for asthma and allergies in King of Prussia, call Allergy & Asthma Specialists today at (610) 825-5800. We are pleased to offer treatment options uniquely tailored to each patient’s physical and spiritual needs to integrate your allergy and asthma treatment into a healthier lifestyle. Click through our website to learn more about our allergy treatment centers and board certified allergists.

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