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    Might You be Allergic to the Flu Vaccine?

    Last updated 7 hours 29 minutes ago

    The flu (influenza) is a contagious disease that spreads throughout the United States every October through May.  Each year thousands of people in the United States die from the flu and may more are hospitalized.

    The flu vaccine is the best protection against the flu. The vaccine is recommended every year because the flu viruses are always changing. Some children 6 months through 8 years of age might need two vaccinations in one year. It takes about two weeks following the injection for the protection to develop and lasts several months.

    The flu vaccine comes in two different forms: an “inactivated” or recombinant injectable flu vaccine and a weakened “live virus” nasal spray. 

    If you have ever had an allergic reaction to eggs or gelatin, you should not take the nasal spray.  You should only receive the inactivated injectable flu vaccine after discussion with and under the supervision of a board certified allergist.  At the visit with the allergist, the allergic reaction you have experienced will be evaluated and the influenza vaccine will be administered. Depending on the severity of the egg reaction by history, you might be skin tested with the vaccine first.  Once the injection is administered, you will need to stay in the office for at least 30 minutes following the injection to be closely monitored by the allergist for an allergic reaction.

    Flu vaccine is now available to all patients of Allergy & Asthma Specialists and their families.

    All physicians of Allergy & Asthma Specialists are fellowship-trained, board certified allergists/immunologists.  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.   

    Dr. Matthew Fogg Feature: When caring for patients, I often ask myself, "what would I recommend if this patient was a member of my family?"

    Last updated 21 days ago

    I strive to provide compassionate and outstanding care for all allergic and immunologic diseases. I do my best to create a partnership with those I care for that works to optimize their results. It is really important to understand the patient and their preferences and desires so that we can come up with a treatment plan that is effective and consistent with the patient's world view. When caring for patients, I often ask myself, "what would I recommend if this patient was a member of my family?"

    Although I love to care for patients with allergic rhinitis, asthma, eczema, and immunologic diseases, my particular area of interest and expertise is the treatment of food allergies. As the Director of Food Allergy Treatment at Allergy and Asthma Specialists, I am proud that we are the first allergists in the area to offer peanut sublingual immunotherapy to our patients. This procedure can afford peanut allergic patients a level of protection from accidental exposure that can significantly decrease their (and their family's) anxiety about peanut allergy. I frequently perform oral food challenges to see if our patients are outgrowing their food allergies

    Dr. Fogg began his training with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.  Dr. Fogg received his Medical Degree from New York University School of Medicine and a Masters of Arts degree from New York University in Medical Ethics and Health Care Policy. He continued his training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where he completed a Pediatric Residency and a Fellowship in adult and pediatric Allergy and Immunology. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.

    He is involved in numerous research studies and has authored articles published in peer review journals including the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

    Dr. Fogg sees patients of all ages in the Center City Philadelphia and Collegeville locations.

    Asthma Awareness Night at the Phillies!

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Dr Shashank Sheth and staff screened more than 200 Phillies fans for asthma at the Asthma Awareness Night at Citizens Bank Park on May 6. Award winning singer and actress Kristin Chenoweth helped kick-off Asthma Awareness night by performing the national anthem. Chenoweth suffers from asthma and is sharing her story by serving as the spokesperson for the KNOW YOUR COUNT (knowyourcount.com) program.

    Dr. Sheth see patients in the Jenkintown, Doylestown, and Pottstown offices of Allergy & Asthma Specialists.

    Treatment Options for Hives

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Hives are the result of an allergic reaction within the body. These raised, welt-like bumps or wheals on the skin can appear suddenly and are often uncomfortable or itchy. If you experience hives, it is a sign that you have an allergy. See your King of Prussia allergy doctor for a diagnosis so you can begin effective treatment for your hives. 

    Antihistamines

    The most common treatment, especially for mild cases of hives, is antihistamine medications. These medications address symptoms such as itching to improve patient comfort by reducing the effects of histamine, which is produced by the body when it encounters an allergic trigger. Although antihistamine medications will not combat the actual cause of the hives, they will ensure you are comfortable until your body naturally reduces the production of histamine.

    Anti-Inflammatory Medication

    In more severe or chronic cases of hives, anti-inflammatory medications may be recommended. Oral corticosteroids can be used for comfort over the short term but should be avoided for long-term treatment because they can produce undesirable side effects. Other anti-inflammatory medications may also be suggested by your allergist if you experience consistent or recurring hives.

    Antibacterial Medication
    Dapsone is an antibacterial medication originally developed for the treatment of leprosy. However, dapsone has also proven effective in the treatment of chronic hives, particularly in patients whose symptoms are resistant to antihistamine medications. Dapsone not only stops the growth of bacteria, it also reduces inflammation and swelling to improve comfort and reduce the appearance of and discomfort associated with hives.

    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.

    Recognizing Signs of an Allergic Drug Reaction

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Although drugs are meant to improve your health, they can also cause adverse reactions in some individuals. Drug allergies account for up to 15% of negative reactions and are most often the result of antibiotic medications. The symptoms of a drug allergy may take hours or even weeks to manifest after taking a drug. These symptoms include a rash or hives, swollen joints, tightness in the throat, swelling of the face, coughing, vomiting or diarrhea, and an increase in blood pressure. In cases of a severe reaction, a drug allergy can cause life-threatening anaphylaxis. If you believe you or a family member could have a drug allergy, it’s important to seek allergy testing as soon as possible to avoid a serious situation. 

    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.

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