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.

Sweets for Soldiers 2016

For the fourth year we are proud to collect Halloween candy for the soldiers overseas! Bring your Halloween candy to any A&AS location and we will buy it from you for one dollar ($1.00) per pound. Last year we collected 2,080 pounds of candy that was distributed to our soldiers. The deadline to bring candy to the office is Tuesday, November 8.

Can Allergies and Asthma Affect Your Workouts? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whether you are an elite athlete, a weekend warrior, or just getting into an exercise routine, you need to be able to breathe in order to perform at your peak. If you have allergies or asthma, you may experience shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or wheezing—especially when you are working out. Your body and muscles need oxygen to keep working properly, but if your breathing is hindered, it can mean you have to slow down or stop exercising altogether. By visiting an allergy doctor near Philadelphia who also specializes in asthma, you may be able to pinpoint the causes of your breathing issues and treat them accordingly. Take a look at this infographic to understand how allergies and asthma can affect your workouts. Please share with your friends and fellow exercise enthusiasts.

The Basics of Food Allergies

Food allergies are quite common and typically involve allergic reactions to peanuts, milk, eggs, shellfish, soy, or wheat, although other foods can also be allergens. An allergic reaction is essentially an overreaction by the immune system to a food; the immune system identifies the harmless substance as being a foreign invader.

You can watch this video or consult an allergy doctor to hear about the chemical changes in the body that occur during an allergic reaction. This video explains how a type of antibody called immunoglobulin E binds to immune cells. In the presence of the food allergen, immunoglobulin E triggers the immune cells to release histamine, which causes allergy symptoms. Anaphylaxis, a severe reaction, may also occur.

If you have food allergies, you can call Allergy & Asthma Specialistsâ„  at 1(800)86-COUGH to schedule an appointment with an allergist in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania. Our allergy specialists look forward to helping you live life well.

What You Need to Know About Oral Food Challenges

It is possible for some patients to outgrow food allergies, even if allergy skin testing and blood tests remain positive. To find out if you have outgrown a food allergy, your allergy doctor may recommend that you undergo an oral food challenge. During an oral food challenge, you will consume the food under the watchful supervision of your allergy specialist to check whether a reaction will occur.

Benefits and Risks

Before deciding to go ahead with the oral food challenge, discuss the potential benefits and risks with your allergy doctor. If you have indeed outgrown your food allergy, then this test can allow you to expand your diet, which can certainly make it easier for you to prepare healthy meals. Of course, there is always the risk that an allergic reaction will occur. Your allergy doctor will be there to respond immediately if you show any symptoms.


Prior to the oral food challenge, you should discuss your current medications with your doctor. You may need to temporarily stop taking certain medicines, such as antihistamines. It’s important to note that if you experience an allergic reaction or an asthma attack, you should use your medications as usual. You can always postpone the test. On the day of the test, your doctor might ask that you arrive at the office with an empty stomach or that you consume only a light meal.


The doctor will check your vital signs before instructing you to consume a small serving of the food. You’ll be closely monitored for signs of a reaction for the next 15 to 30 minutes. If no reaction occurs, you’ll be given a slightly larger amount of food. This will continue until you are able to consume a meal-sized portion of the food.


If you display any symptoms, the test will immediately cease and the doctor will administer medications. Usually, when symptoms appear, they are mild because only a small amount of the food is initially given. If you do not have symptoms, your doctor may instruct you to regularly incorporate the food into your diet.

Allergy & Asthma Specialistsâ„  can conduct oral food challenges in our office or in a hospital setting. To discuss whether an oral food challenge may be appropriate for you or your child, you can speak with one of our allergists in Philadelphia, Blue Bell, King of Prussia, Jenkintown, Doylestown, Lansdale, Pottstown, or Collegeville, Pennsylvania. You can reach us at 1(800)86-COUGH.

Flu Vaccine is now available at all locations of Allergy & Asthma Specialists!

For patients and family members of patients, schedule at 1-800-86COUGH, option 2.

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