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    USA Today: Treatment Reduces Kids' Peanut Allergy Risk up to 86%

    Last updated 4 days ago

    A recent publication about peanut allergy called the LEAP study has recently been featured in all major news networks.

    The study provides evidence that the early introduction of peanuts, before the age of 11 months, offers protection from the development of peanut allergies.

    The physicians of A&AS are aware of the study and, since 2010, have encouraged the early introduction of solid foods given previous evidence confirmed by the LEAP study.

    The physicians of A&AS are dedicated to being at the forefront of developments in the field of Allergy and Immunology and would be happy to discuss this further at your next scheduled office visit.


    -Dr. Matthew Fogg

    Desensitizing Children for Peanut Allergies

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Does your child suffer from a peanut allergy? If so, you might want to talk to your child’s allergy doctor about desensitizing your child to help her avoid some of the risk of having a food allergy.

    What is Food Sublingual Immunotherapy?

    Food Sublingual Immunotherapy, also known as SLIT, is a treatment plan designed to help patients suffering from various food allergies. This treatment can reduce the severity of allergic reactions upon consumption, making it especially beneficial for children who many not understand just how much their allergy affects them. SLIT treatment starts by placing a very small dosage of the food that causes the allergic reaction under the child’s tongue and keeping it there for two minutes.

    Does SLIT Cure Food Allergies?

    SLIT treatment does not cure allergies to foods such as peanuts. Since food allergies can be very severe in many patients, the risk of accidentally consuming even a small piece of the food they are allergic to can be a very scary thought. SLIT treatment can reduce a person’s reactivity to the food they are allergic to, making them less likely to suffer from an anaphylactic reaction if they accidentally consume the food.

    How Long Does the Process Take?

    When starting the SLIT treatment, patients take their first dosage in their allergy doctor’s office. They also stay there for a couple of hours for observation. After this, the patient takes the same dosage at home every day for two weeks. The process then starts over, but with a dosage increase. Most patients complete treatment in six to eight months. You can read more here.

    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 our website or by calling 1-800-86COUGH.

    A Brief Overview of Hives

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Have you ever broken out in hives? These obnoxious red bumps sometimes seem to magically appear on the skin. Sometimes hives pop up due to an allergic reaction, but the cause of hives is not always known. This can make it difficult to figure out what causes hives and when they are most likely to appear.

    Hives caused by an allergic reaction typically appear when a person touches or ingests an item that produces a histamine in the blood vessels. This causes blood plasma to leak from the blood vessels, resulting in red bumps on different areas of skin. Hives can itch or can feel like they are burning or stinging. If you notice hives, it is a good idea to contact an allergy doctor.

    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.

    Allergy & Asthma Specialists: What Makes Us Extraordinary

    Last updated 20 days ago

    Finding the right allergy specialist can help you find relief from your allergy symptoms! Here at Allergy & Asthma SpecialistsSM, our team of specialists offers a variety of services to patients dealing with allergy and asthma-related conditions. See what makes us extraordinary: 

    Our Team of Allergists

    If you are looking for a great team of allergists, you will find them here at Allergy & Asthma Specialists! Our team includes 12 allergists that are fellowship trained, board certified in allergy and immunology. All allergists strive to provide 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. Because of this commitment to patients and advanced expertise, these physicians are requested to speak locally, nationally and internationally, have been involved in over 150 research studies to bring new medications to patients and are all published authors in peer reviewed medical journals.

    Our Locations

    Eight convenient locations in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs are available to provide care for infants, children and adult patients.  All locations are open 4-5 days a week with evening hours.

    Our Medical Services

    Being the premier allergy and asthma specialty group in the Delaware Valley, we provide state-of-the-art care for patients of all ages with asthma, allergies, congestion, rashes, and recurrent infections. Allergy skin testing is performed for food and inhalant allergens such as dust mites, mold, trees, weeds, grasses, and animal dander. Many of our offices also offer patch testing to find allergic reactions.Lung function testing is also performed to determine each patient’s lung function capacity. We also offer treatment for allergy-symptoms such as immunotherapy, aspirin desensitization, and food sublingual immunotherapy. Evaluation and treatment of patients with more than three infections per year is a unique expertise of the practice.

    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.

    Peanut Allergy FAQs

    Last updated 1 month 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. 

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